I've gotten teased by friends here and there for saying pop instead of soda when refering to a soft drink, and decided to see if the trend to call them any one thing is geographic. If you know of another city/country that has a definite prefernce for soda or pop, let me know. The Coke column is for places that call it coke no matter what it is that they want to drink, ie pepsi, coke, ginger ale, mt dew.
Pop Soda Coke (soft/fizzy) Drink Idaho Milwaukee California Australia Ohio Florida Texas Rochester Colorado Georgia midwest USA New York Louisiana Michigan Hawai'i west coast (Can) west coast (USA) Ottawa New Hampshire Alberta Kansas/Kentucky/Ohio/NYC (Yosa) Toronto Iowa IllinoisIndividual responses that don't slot in neatly:
--nightshade-- in Indiana:
depends on the usage and packaging. a can of pop. a bottle of soda. fountain soda. but, more oft than not, simply 'carbonated beverage.' unless i'm talking to the guy behind the counter, then it's by brand.
Exiled re soft drink in Georgia:
Actually, I'll admit hat I've used that more then I have "coke". I jsut recalled, everytime I go over to my parent's house, "Ya'll got any soft drinks?"
Am I the ONLY one who calls it tonic in this newsgroup?
I've observed that, roughly, it's pop west of the Missouri, and soda east of the Mississippi. A friend of mine from St. Louis once said, "Oh, pop, soda, whatever." ;)
In parts of the Deep South, of course, it's all Coke, regardless of brand.
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