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Soft Drinks: pop, soda, coke, et al

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Soft Drinks: pop, soda, coke, et al

Postby eberntson » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:44 pm

So I would be very interested in knowing the different expressions folks use for soft drink. Plus what area you grew up in and how you learned you vernacular?

I started using pop, because my father sold soft drinks around Chicago for a long time. But when I moved to Maine no one understood me, so I switched to "soda". I still default to soda. How deep do these differences go?

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Postby tcward » Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:04 pm

I grew up in eastern NC, and we always called it either a "soft drink" or a "soda". My mom is from the mountains of NC, and they always called it "pop", which surprised me because I always thought that was a Yankee expression. My wife grew up in the Charlotte area of NC and they always called it a "pepsi", no matter what kind of drink it was.

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Postby ampersandranch » Mon Jan 09, 2006 6:43 pm

I grew up in northern NJ where we always referred to "soda" as our sweet, fizzy drink of choice. Now that I live in Colorado, I sometimes ask for a pop so as to not confuse the locals.
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Postby gailr » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:26 am

I learned it as "pop" but adjusted to "soda" in Wisconsin. Now it's back to "pop (although that sounded a little funny for awhile). a sister in the South calls all soft drinks "cokes".

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Postby Stargzer » Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:52 am

I've always called them "a soft drink" or "a soda" unless I'm I'm after a Coke or Pepsi specifically. I think Pittsburgh calls them "a pop," which I always thought was the Worcester/Boston term, but it's been many decades since I've been up there. I'm sure by now the influence of McDonald's has chased the term "frappe" from the Boston vocabulary in favor of "milkshake" or just plain "shake."

Hmmm! Come to think of it, I could use one of those original milkshakes mentioned in the History section of that last link as a sleeping potion!

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Postby Andrew Dalby » Thu Jan 12, 2006 5:34 pm

I'm an interloper in this department -- wrong side of the pond -- but in case anyone's interested, 'pop' was the traditional word in Yorkshire too. At least, that's what my father called it. The word 'soda' isn't used much over here (except for a flavourless mixer, as in 'whisky and soda') and nowadays I think I call them 'fizzy drinks'.
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Soft drinks, cokes, etc.

Postby rebeccaauburn » Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:49 pm

I'm from Georgia and we usually refer to all soft drinks as cokes, as in, "What kind of coke do you want?"

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Postby carolinagirl » Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:13 am

i was born and raised in ravenel, sc (near charleston) and lived here all my life and i call everything coke. and i don't drink pepsi neither because it doesn't taste as good. :wink:
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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Jan 14, 2006 4:21 pm

Using coke for all kinds of pops reminds me of some Brazilians' habit of calling all fizzy drinks guaraná.

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Postby scw1217 » Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:13 pm

Everything's a Coke. You order a coke and the waiter/waitress always asks, "Is Pepsi okay?" if that is what they serve. I always have to think twice. FWIW, I scored 72% on the quiz and am a "born and raised" Floridian. "Pop" is a type of music - Pop music. Soda goes into a cake to make it rise, baking soda. lol
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Postby AngelEyesInHell » Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:10 pm

I am from northern Jersey.. I always called it soday.. Still to this day.. Even afte moving to Oklahoma when I was 10.. Which there they call it coke... "hey you want a coke? What kind..." No but I will take a pepsi..
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Outstanding information on soda v. word

Postby vbrizendine » Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:04 am

Jump to the website http://www.popvssoda.com/ for the graphical display of what to call a fizzy drink. I have lived for years in Missouri and it was either soda or coke. In Columbus OH we call it pop. I love my friends from the deep South that call it co-cola.
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Postby zeta » Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:40 pm

Nobody mentioned "tonic" for a fizzy soft drink. Maybe that's a New Hampshire thing?
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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:02 pm

I've been to New Hampshire. Good old days...

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Re: Outstanding information on soda v. word

Postby tcward » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:11 pm

vbrizendine wrote:Jump to the website http://www.popvssoda.com/ for the graphical display of what to call a fizzy drink.


Thanks for this link, by the way, and welcome to the Agora!

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