Is it Ice Tea or Iced Tea?
Have you ever argued with someone about the correct way to pronounce “Ice Tea”? If you don’t know whether to say “Ice” or “Iced” you’re not alone. The debate about whether to pronounce the beverage as “Ice” or “Iced” Tea has been going on for years.
Origin of the Debate
The debate likely began when tea was served at room temperature or warm and then chilled with ice cubes. This method of cooling the tea led to the word “iced” being used in the description. Over time, there were those who just dropped the “d” and the debate was born.
Which Is Correct?
Either way of saying “Ice Tea” or “Iced Tea” is considered acceptable and either pronunciation can be used. Generally, the most accepted term is “Iced Tea” as this follows the established rule for adding “ed” to a word to denote the past tense.
The truth is, you’re likely to find both versions of the word on various tea labels, as companies may use either depending on which they feel is most marketable. You may even see tea labeled as “Ice Tea” or “Iced Tea” within the same brand or store.
Interesting Facts About Tea
Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about tea:
- Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.
- People have been drinking tea for more than 5000 years.
- China is the largest producer of tea in the world.
- There are more than 3,000 varieties of tea grown around the world.
So, whether you’re for “Ice” or “Iced” Tea, it’s still the same beloved beverage. Why not grab a glass today and enjoy a little relaxation!