America Comprehended: “Is Pepsi Okay?”
“IS PEPSI OKAY?”: Apology-cum-disclaimer uttered by wait staff after you’ve tried ordering a coke in restaurants that don’t serve coca-cola products. The correct answer to this question is always “no,” but you can never bring yourself to say that. Instead, you try and muster a smile for your waiter to assure him/her that you are totally okay with this and are absolutely not now wondering if this is part of a larger malaise in the establishment for settling for second best. If you are in a diner, a quick look to see if they serve Hunt’s ketchup rather than Heinz will confirm or invalidate this fear.