It’s been a while since I last dumped a batch of North Caroliniana into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, that instantaneous measure of phrase frequency over the decades.
Caveat e-lector: This is data at its rawest — conclusions should be jumped to for entertainment purposes only.
– Duke lacrosse vs. Duke football and Duke basketball
– Grandfather Mountain vs. Cold Mountain
– Oprah Winfrey vs. Michael Jordan and Colin Powell
– Charlotte North Carolina vs. Raleigh North Carolina
– Southern fried chicken vs. Buffalo wings and Chicken McNuggets