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Postby scw1217 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:03 am

The eternal debate...My father sent me this link. It is proof positive that where I live it is a "Coke".

http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html
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Postby Bailey » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:30 am

Thank you so much for the link. No wonder pop seems right for me. It's at 100% in all the places I've lived as an Adult, my Southern childhood is shrouded in the mists of time, so it can be discounted, I never drank cokes anyway.

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Postby scw1217 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:41 pm

Bailey wrote:Thank you so much for the link. No wonder pop seems right for me. It's at 100% in all the places I've lived as an Adult, my Southern childhood is shrouded in the mists of time, so it can be discounted, I never drank cokes anyway.

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I had a friend whose mother always asked for "pop" and it sounded strange to me. I found it interesting that according to that chart, Florida has a county for just about every choice, and yet other states are predominantly one or the other. Must be the tourists here messing things up! 8)
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A (Cold) Drank?

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:37 am

In central NC where I was raised it was simply a drink [drank] as opposed to a "hard drink". A drink could be a Co-Cola, a Little Orange, a Big Orange (Neehi), a Pepsi, RC Cola (very popular down south).

I never heard "coke" until I came north--well, except in movies and on radio. I heard "pop" for the first time in Michigan and here in PA I only hear "soda".
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Postby Bailey » Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:35 am

Normally, I'd think, if someone asked for a "pop" they don't really care what kind, as a confirmed opinionated jerk, I always got my d'ruthers so I'd be so specific right down to the number and kind of ice cubes it had in with it.

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Re: A (Cold) Drank?

Postby scw1217 » Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:54 am

Dr. Goodword wrote:In central NC where I was raised it was simply a drink [drank] as opposed to a "hard drink". A drink could be a Co-Cola, a Little Orange, a Big Orange (Neehi), a Pepsi, RC Cola (very popular down south).

I never heard "coke" until I came north--well, except in movies and on radio. I heard "pop" for the first time in Michigan and here in PA I only hear "soda".


No one I know ever says "soda" unless they are talking about baking soda. I do hear "pop" on occasion, but never from a true born-and-raised Floridian. (rare though we might be) And if you ask for a "drink", you are most certainly wanting something with alcohol in it.
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Postby txmusicgirl » Wed Jun 13, 2007 6:27 pm

I always say Coke

Common conversation in my house.

Me: Give me a coke
Son: What kind?
Me: Dr. Pepper, I reckon.

And if someone says "I need a drink" I wanna drink" so on it always implies that they want somethin alchoholic.
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Coke, pop or soda

Postby StevieRay » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:14 pm

I moved to Eufaula, AL from Denver, CO and wasn't here long before I was admonished to modify my phrasing when requesting a soft drink. I was told that if I ordered a "soda pop" I probably wouldn't be understood if I didn't request a "coke". Since I don't drink Coke I was a bit concerned I was going to be served something undesirable. I was straightened out forthwith; it was explained that "coke" was generic for soft drinks. Well, ok.

When I was a lad growing up in SW Colorado I commonly heard soft drinks referred to as sodie-pops.
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Postby skinem » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:37 pm

Stevie Ray, you got it!
At a restaurant, you ask for a coke, the waitress should ask you what kind, then you get specific--sounds like it didn't take long for that realization to happen!
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Postby Slava » Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:25 am

When I worked at a restaurant that had its own brand of cola we had to tell people that we didn't have "Coke." That's a brand name, and people could actually sue if they got something they didn't order. Or at least that's the reasoning we were given. Playing it safe is good in both food service and sex, it appears.
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Re: A (Cold) Drank?

Postby Stargzer » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:57 am

Dr. Goodword wrote: ... a Big Orange (Neehi), ...


Whoa! While re-reading this post it just hit me. When Andy Griffith asked for "a big or'nge" in his classic monologue, What It Was Was Football, he wasn't asking for a large-sized orange soft drink; it was an orange Nehi!

Radar O'Reilly in the M*A*S*H TV series always drank Grape Nehi as I recall.

And now, looking further into the Nehi link above, I arrive at yet another "Aha!" moment! It appears that when Barbara Mandrel sang about putting peanuts in her coke (in the song I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool), she must have been talking about an RC Cola, not a Coca-Cola.

No wonder I'm not employed as a translator: too much of an idiot to pick up on all the idoms!

Oh, yeah: if you ever want to see Andy Griffith's Evil Twin, check out the movie A Face In The Crowd. Be forewarned: there are spoilers in the Wikipedia link.
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Postby skinem » Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:56 pm

Here in Tennessee, you often hear an orange Nehi called a "big orange". But, you also hear the University of Tennessee football team, the Volunteers, or Vols, called "Big Orange".
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Postby Slava » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:52 pm

I guess that's a fairly common one for sports teams. Here in upstate NY we've got SU's Orangemen.
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Postby bnjtokyo » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:53 am

Do the SU Orangemen have a big marching band that is particularly fond of parades around July 12?
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