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Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:16 am

What do you call soft drinks and where do you live? Do you agree with the map?

Ohio - POP

http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.gif

Click the map to open and enlarge it to view all counties.

[Edited 2005-03-20 18:17:47]
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RE: Soda Or Pop?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:18 am

Soda! The Midwest calls it pop...what in the hell is that! Its the "soda that makes it fuzzy".

The word pop drives me crazy like what in the hell is a "hot dish". Its a frickn' casserole!
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:20 am

What kind of Coke do you want?

Its either Coke or a soft drink. Only Yankees call it soda pop.
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:20 am

Soda, I never knew that some people called it pop or Coke. Why not call it Pepsi for that matter?
 
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:34 am

I've heard in Germany there is a similar situation with "Limo".
 
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:36 am

I grew up in New Mexico, where people asked "Do you want a Coke?", which meant, "Do you want a soft drink of any kind?"

Now, I live in Boston, where they say "tonic". So, not all Yankees call it "pop".
 
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:37 am

midwesterners say POP, every place else in the US say soda, coke or tonic.
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:40 am

Here in Jersey, it is soda, and asking for a coke means you actually want coke or pepsi.

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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:41 am

Soda or Soda pop. Or, I'll just call it what it is. If I'm asking someone if they a Sprite, I'll say "Do you want a sprite/coke/Dr Pepper/etc?"

However, the general term for me is usually soda pop.

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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:44 am

What's with Milwaukee and St.Louis? They're like islands of soda in pop territory.
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:07 pm

Neat map!!!

I grew up (and still live in) Minnesota, so of course it has always been "Pop" for me.

I used to drive truck over the road and I very quickly learned the different terms people used for Soft Drinks in this wonderful country of ours. All it took was a few weird looks from waitresses in restaurants that I visited to realize just how stongly some people reacted if I said "Pop" in "Coke" or "Soda territory.

In my experience, I would say that this map does do a pretty good job of accurately displaying the regions which use the various terms.

My solution to the problem was to just use the term "soft drink". Everybody still knows what you are talking about, but yet you don't get any strange reactions. Also, if you notice the menus at national chain restaurants, they pretty much always use the term "soft drinks". I think this shows pretty clearly that this is the accepted generic term for these drinks.
 
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:09 pm

In my part of the UK, and indeed most of the UK, we say pop

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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:10 pm

I call it soda. When I lived up north in Iowa everyone called it "pop". I hated that name! I hate it, i hate it, i hate it! Makes it sound like some kind of dad or something! Erg.. I've always called it soda and always will.  Smile
 
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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:13 pm

Quoting Airgeek12 (Reply 12):
I call it soda. When I lived up north in Iowa everyone called it "pop". I hated that name! I hate it, i hate it, i hate it! Makes it sound like some kind of dad or something! Erg.. I've always called it soda and always will.

Its only 'cus you Americans get the vowels confused, eg, Mum (UK) and Mom (US)

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RE: Soda, Pop Or Coke?

Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:59 pm

Most people refer to any cola/soda/pop-type beverage as a "soft drink" down in my neck of the woods.

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