View Poll Results: Do you say "lollipop" or "sucker?"
Lollipop 73 57.03%
Sucker 47 36.72%
Other 7 5.47%
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:05 PM
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Lollipop or Sucker?


Which word do you use to refer to the candy? Age and location / childhood location would be nice.

I say lollipop, age 38, lived in NJ for my first 26 years, more-or-less. I now live in California, and it seems that 95% of people say "sucker."

EDIT : Old thread without poll, on the same topic.

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Old 07-13-2012, 02:07 PM
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I said lollipop, but I'm likely to say lolly too.

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Old 07-13-2012, 02:08 PM
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Sucker, unless it's some sort of special emphasis. Grew up in Oklahoma, primarily.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:23 PM
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Lollipops are spherical. Suckers are disk-shaped.

Age 42, grew up in Phoenix.

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Old 07-13-2012, 02:25 PM
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I've always said both. The kind you can just keep in your mouth, like dumdum or tootsie roll pops, those are suckers. The big round disk are lollipops. I'm from Texas.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:46 PM
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Suckers - grew up in SE TN, age 38.

(Now I'd call the little ones suckers and the great big ones lollipops, but I'm not even sure I knew the great big ones existed when I was a kid)
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Agree with all who said : lolipops are disk shaped and usually multicolored. Suckers are sperical. You lick a lolipop, and you, fittingly, suck a sucker.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:12 PM
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I guess I call them all lollipops... but suckers doesn't sound weird to me at all.
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almost 50 from Arkansas. Sucker is what I call any hard candy. I think of Jolly Ranchers as suckers without the stick.

Lollipop reminds me of Shirley Temple.

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:16 PM
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Lollipops are spherical. Suckers are disk-shaped.

Age 42, grew up in Phoenix.
This.

I'm 44, so I'm going to conclude that it's an age thing

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Old 07-13-2012, 04:32 PM
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Agree with all who said : lolipops are disk shaped and usually multicolored. Suckers are sperical. You lick a lolipop, and you, fittingly, suck a sucker.
Close, except suckers don't have to be spherical. Flat candies on a stick can also be suckers if they're small enough to be eaten as suckers.

Suckers were the cheaper-tasting product that was sold in bulk and often found in free candy bowls. Lollipops were more of a premium product that were sold individually and more for special occasions like when I was at a fair.

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:09 PM
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Lollipop is disk shaped. Everything else is a sucker.

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:16 PM
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Flat, disk shaped, and anywhere from sorta big to the size of a pizza? Lollipop. Small enough to get in your mouth and generally NOT a flat disk? Sucker.

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:46 PM
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I grew up in MA & NH. I've never heard anyone outside a TV show or movie say sucker instead of lollipop. Suckers are people!
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Did anyone have a separate term for the suckers with gum inside? Or the ones that were made of a drier, powdery candy?
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:33 PM
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Thanks for the input. I thought "sucker" was an old-timey word only used in Bugs Bunny cartoons. I had, AFAIK, never heard it in the wild until I moved to California at about age 23. It also never occurred to me that shape makes a difference.

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Old 07-13-2012, 06:46 PM
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After reading this thread I am unsure..lollipop in the middle and suckers on the ends?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:15 PM
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I've always liked sucker better. Lollipop seemed so childish, even when I was first learning to talk.

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Did anyone have a separate term for the suckers with gum inside? Or the ones that were made of a drier, powdery candy?
I call the gum ones Blow Pops, but that's a registered trademark. I'm not aware of any generic knockoffs.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:24 PM
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I always say lollipop, but it doesn't bug me if someone says sucker.

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Old 07-13-2012, 09:04 PM
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Lollipop. Raised in New York.

A sucker is someone you say "so long!" to, just before the gods smite you for your hubris.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:08 PM
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Lollipop. Raised in eastern Long Island.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:09 PM
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Lollipop (because of the song)
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:05 PM
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30s, grew up in Kentucky. It's a sucker.

Lollipops are indeed disc shaped only, as Rhiannon8404 said, however they're still suckers.

All lollipops are suckers. Not all suckers are lollipops.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:09 AM
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60s, Ohio.

Sucker.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:31 AM
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20, Australia. I say lollipop.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:53 PM
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Other: it depends on the size and shape. They're all suckers unless they are fairly large, flat and round--those are lollipops.

Well, those with stuff inside them are also not suckers--they're whatever-pops: e.g. Blowpops or Tootsie (Roll) pops. I guess those are derived from lollipop.

Born and bred here in northwest Arkansas in the very middle of the 80s.

EDIT: powdery candy were usually sourpops or sweettart pops. But you could still call them suckers. The chewy ones (like taffy or Tootsie Rolls) could also be called chewpops.

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:18 PM
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Sucker

Lollipop always sounded a little twee.

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:21 PM
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Mid-50s, grew up in West Texas and have always said "sucker." I only ever heard "lollipop" in movies and such.

Until I came over here. There is Lollipop go-go bar in Nana Plaza. And a new blow-job bar opened about a year ago called Lollipop1, the "1" added so as not to get confused with the go-go bar.

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Old 07-15-2012, 12:30 AM
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I only hear older people call them suckers.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:17 AM
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I only hear older people call them suckers.
Although there's a sucker born every minute.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:02 AM
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Lollipop. Grew up in Baltimore, and have lived in L.A. for the past 20 years.

I didn't know "sucker" was a regionalism and still in common use. It sounds very old-fashioned to my ears, like something Grandpa Simpson or Mr. Burns would use.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:09 PM
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To me, suckers have always been the cheapies, like the DumDums that I buy by the bag.

Lollipops are the pricier, gourmet ones that I buy by the piece. Also- usually last for the better part of an hour.
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Lollipops are spherical. Suckers are disk-shaped.

Age 42, grew up in Phoenix.
It's the opposite here. Lollipops are disk-shaped and flat sided, whereas suckers are spherical.

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Lollipops are spherical. Suckers are disk-shaped.

Age 42, grew up in Phoenix.
This is the distinction I remember growing up in Chicago.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:30 PM
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Definitely sucker, regardless of shape, but I wouldn't think it strange for someone to call it a lollipop, just not what I 'd say.
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Age 33 - grew up in RI, lollipop.

My husband, same age, grew up in CO, and calls them suckers.

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Lollipop - South African, from 70s on.

Here, a sucker is a flavoured ice lolly on a stick (Popsicle).
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Lollipops are big, suckers are small enough to fit in your mouth.
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:35 PM
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43, spent my childhood in Mississippi, sucker.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:39 PM
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They're all suckers to me. I've always known the term lollipop, I just don't use it myself and I don't differentiate based on the size or shape of the candy. I'm 28, raised in Indiana.
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