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What do you call it - pop, soda, or soda-pop?

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#1 of 56 OFFLINE   Jared_B


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Posted April 22 2002 - 11:56 AM

Here's my theory: People in the West call it pop. People in the East call it soda. People from the mid-west call it soda-pop. Am I on track here? What do Europeans & Canadians call it?

#2 of 56 OFFLINE   Danny R

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:08 PM

I call all soda's "coke". And all photocopy machines are "xerox" machines too!
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#3 of 56 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:18 PM

Here in VT it's soda, but all my PA relatives call it pop, so I'm not sure you can categorize by east-west.
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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:20 PM

It's a "soft drink" here.


#5 of 56 OFFLINE   Leo Hinze

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:26 PM

It's all coke in Texas. Unless you're old. Then it's soda water.

#6 of 56 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:30 PM

It's soda here in Milwaukee, but I think we're surrounded by "pops". I avoid the confusion and drink beer.

#7 of 56 OFFLINE   Tim H

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:37 PM

Pretty much "coke" where I am, too. I only use it as a generic term. If I'm asking for something to drink, I always get specific...Pepsi, Coke, Mountain Dew, etc. I do know people who will ask others at a party if they want a "coke" to drink, and then they get to their refrigerator and say, "Well, we have Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Sprite." What happened to the Coke? That gets irritating sometimes.

#8 of 56 OFFLINE   Kevin P

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:38 PM

In the greater Boston area / New England, we tend to call it "soder". Posted Image

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:44 PM

The Scottish term is "ginger".
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#10 of 56 OFFLINE   Keith Mickunas

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:46 PM

I call it Coke and get that from my mother who was raised in Pensacola. I've heard the term coke is most dominant in the South because Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta. In Missouri it typically is different between KC and St. Louis, however since I always said coke, I don't remember what other people said in KC. I once saw a map on the US where you could vote by region so it could try and come up with a pattern.

#11 of 56 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted April 22 2002 - 12:46 PM

And in my place, the distinction doesn't apply. If the beveridge is not spelled b-e-e-r, it doesn't get consumed.

#12 of 56 OFFLINE   Pamela


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Posted April 22 2002 - 01:02 PM

In the area of Pennsylvania I'm from, it's soda. In WV, where I went to school, everyone seemed to call it pop. Out here in LA, I only hear soda.

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Posted April 22 2002 - 01:04 PM

Coke mostly in the south, like all tissues are Kleenex and all bandages are Band-Aids. Why do we use brand-specific names? I couldn't tell you.

#14 of 56 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted April 22 2002 - 01:25 PM

Eastern PA is soda, western is pop Soda is the only proper term! Same with hoagie! It's NOT A SUB! *walks away mumbling something about heathens*

#15 of 56 OFFLINE   Marshall Alsup

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Posted April 22 2002 - 01:35 PM

Well in the Northwest (US) its called pop almost everywhere, at least everwhere in Washington State. -Marshall
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#16 of 56 OFFLINE   Jason Quillen

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Posted April 22 2002 - 01:35 PM

Here in DE its soda, but my roommates friend, whose from Seattle, calls it pop... JQ

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Posted April 22 2002 - 02:17 PM

It's generally called soda here. I hate it when people call all sodas "Coke" because that leads to me getting Pepsi sometimes when I ask for Coke.

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Posted April 22 2002 - 02:20 PM


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Posted April 22 2002 - 02:47 PM

*high fives Jeff. Tell it like it is, my eastern Pennsylvania brother! These people out in Pittsburgh love to call it "pop". Can't wait until Friday when I get back home and have a whole summer of ordering "soda" without being stared at. I'm thinking that the legendary Indiana (Pennsylvania) soda/pop line is in fact true. Evan (Who sez, "Don't get me started on all of the bizarre interpretations of a Philly Cheesesteak you find outside of the proper area.")
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Posted April 22 2002 - 02:50 PM

My roommate 2 years ago in college was from Minnesota and he called every sort of soft drink "pop". I'm from Louisville, KY and I say coke.

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