A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 12, 2018
“A nice cold drink and an ice cold drink is the same sentence with the space in different places”

Did someone say “a nice cold drink” or “an ice cold drink”? “‘I had a nice, cold drink.’ ‘I had an ice-cold drink’” was printed in a 1915 book.

This was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on May 12, 2018:

“A nice cold drink and an ice cold drink is the same sentence with the space in different places.”


Google Books
The School, the Child and the Teacher:
Suggestions for Students in Training

By Ellen Winifred Adamson
London, UK: Longmans, Greeen and Company
1915
Pg. 102:
Another useful exercise is the practising of pairs of sentences which emphasize the need for giving each consonant its full value and for separating words properly:

“I had a nice, cold drink,” “I had an ice-cold drink.”

Google Groups: alt.english.usage
Orange crush
Opinicus
8/25/99
(...)
Now I think I’ll go and have an ice cold drink. Or maybe a nice cold drink.

Google Books
When They Severed Earth from Sky:
How the Human Mind Shapes Myth

By Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Paul T. Barber
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
2004
Pg. 142:
Similarly, if you ask for an ice-cold drink, the addressee has a fifty-fifty chance of hearing it as a nice cold drink.

Twitter
Darianne.
@dplotts
“An ice cold drink” and “a nice cold drink” are essentially the same thing if you don’t properly emphasize what you are saying. #random
9:04 PM - 2 Aug 2012

Twitter
Erol-antony McKenzie
@erol_antz
Home and having an ice cold drink. Or is it a nice cold drink? Something new tonight anyway.....
12:54 PM - 6 Aug 2013 from Hounslow, England

Twitter
Out Of Order.
@AJDontCare
The difference between “A nice cold drink” and “An ice cold drink”
11:01 PM - 28 Aug 2014

Twitter
Pseudo Justin ⚾
@pseudojustin
Fine I give up trying to figure out if you said “an ice cold drink” or “a nice cold drink” and we’ll both pretend it doesn’t matter 😫😩😞😔
7:50 PM - 1 Dec 2016

Twitter
Emily
@EfrigginL
I just realized “a nice cold drink” and “an ice cold drink” sound the exact same. #mindblown
6:13 PM - 14 Jul 2017

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A nice cold drink and an ice cold drink is the same sentence with the space in different places
submitted May 12, 2018 by DistinctChallenge

Twitter
EATechie™
@technieGUY
A nice cold drink and an ice cold drink is the same sentence with the space in different places
6:07 PM - 12 May 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, May 12, 2018 • Permalink