The comment I heard on this topic was that the very existence of a group called "It Is a Bubbler, Damn it!" tells you something about language awareness on campus. It has 181 members right now, with 34 more members in "Advocates For New Bubblers at UW-Madison". This outstrips the competition: "Maybe its Not a Bubbler...but its Definitely Soda, Not Pop!" (18 members), "Seriously its a Qwa, Not a Bubbler or Water Fountain" (5), "It's Not a Bubbler, it's Not a Water Fountain. it's an Evervescer!!!" (2) , "It's a Damn Water Fountain. Thank You" (4), "It's not a Bubbler™, it's a water fountain...just like it's not Kleenex®, it's tissue paper" (1), "It Is a Drinking Fountain!...not a Bubbler!" (39), "It's a Waterhole" (11) and even "Bubbler...? Drinking Fountain...? Who CARES!??!!! WE LOVE TITTIES!!!" (18). Felt like I had to include the last one for completeness, but it's a big step below the rest, obviously.
But then, there's "It's NOT a Bubbler.. Seriously" with 1,692 members and the keeno graphic you see above. But start scrolling through the messages and, along with the Coasties you'd expect, there are lots of people who say things like this:
i just joined this group to tell everyone that it is, in fact, a bubbler....But there's plenty of more serious stuff in there, like a group reacting to English Only crap:
thank you for your time
Welcome to America - Now Speak Cherokee!Update, Saturday, 7:00 am: Stop the presses! See the comment on this post by Polyglot Conspiracy. My future posts on the topic will be informed by CP's pioneering contributions to this area of investigation.