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Jul 15, 2009 01:47 PM

Is it "Soda" or "Pop" ?

I grew up in southern Ohio...It is surely "Pop". I live in south Florida now and very rarely hear the term . It is almost always "Soda"...

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  1. My best friend who is from Long Island calls it SodaPop... I call it soda, but English is not my first language, so it doesn't count

    1. We said the brand, either Coke, Barq's or 7up. If i am getting a soft drink that i will pour myself i always say I'll have a coke and decide what I want.

      There ave been a few other threads regarding te regional uses of soda and pop.

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      1. re: roro1831

        Im with you there,,,I call it "coke" and decide the flavor from there.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          and checkout the website referenced from the map. Interesting study, and untill it was pointed out I hadn't noticed, but it appears that the mason-dixon line is alive and well.

          4th generation San Franciscan, we called it soft drinks. In Hawaii it's always soda. But then we use a wagon in the grocery store, not a shopping cart.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            In MO, OK, CO, TX, CA, and WA they're called shopping carts. Here in MA they're called carriages.

            1. re: lgss

              Um... that might depend on what part of MA. In Medford, Malden, etc., we always said "shopping carts".

              1. re: brandywiner

                Interesting. My clients in Watertown and Arlington call them carriages. I think the corrals for them in S&S parking lots say something like "Please return carriages here". My husband (Cambridge) uses either term.

                1. re: lgss

                  Wow... It never occurred to me that it was that finely divided. It reminds me of the mystery novel (by Jeremiah Healy) in which the PI ID's his prosepctive client as being from Medford because she pronounces the word "weird" as "", which is exactly how my sister said it!

                  1. re: brandywiner

                    I checked today and the S&S on River in Watertown has "carriages" on the corrals. The parking lot in Arlington doesn't have corrals. Your sister probably pronounces it Meh'fuhd, too.

        2. It's Coke. then you ask what flavor--sprite, 7up, etc. At least that's true in Teas and the south. Up in the PNW, it's pop.

          It is a very regional thing. Here is one of the best things ever on the internet--a map which shows regional usage.

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          1. re: cocktailhour

            Western PA also says "pop". However, Central and Eastern PA says "soda".

            Here in the South it's "coke".

            1. re: cocktailhour

              Right, in Texas with an x, it's coke, as in, "What kind of coke do you want?" "I'll have a Dr. Pepper."

              1. re: James Cristinian

                I still say for my area in Dallas growing up it was "cold drink". What kind of cold drink do you want? Dr. Pepper, of course!

                1. re: Scargod

                  That's what we said in Houston , and since Houston is bigger than Dallas, coke has got be right. Just kidding, but If I was hanging around my aunt's general store in New Waverly, it was likely to be an orange or strawberry crush, since it always seemed to be a zillion degrees outside, like it has been in Texas for the last month.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    I just can't believe that nobody else said "cold drink". And this was before I got to drinking adult beverages. Now I say, "Isn't it beer-thirty?" or "time for a cold one".

                    1. re: Scargod

                      Time for a cold one I've heard. How about time for a brewsky?

                    2. re: James Cristinian

                      I grew up in Mississippi, and now I live in Houston, and it's all coke!
                      Orange Crush...mmmm...haven't had one in about 35 years...

                  2. re: James Cristinian

                    In Louisiana, it's coke. I live in the Dallas area now, and it seems like everyone i know calls it coke as well.

                  3. re: cocktailhour

                    Sam and cocktail

                    Thanks so much for your (simultaneous) posts of the link to that map. I have never liked either of the terms "soda" or "pop," both of which I have encountered as I have moved through life. Now I know why. On that map, the county I grew up in in Southern Indiana is a lonely green in a sea of other colors--in fact we seem to be right on the switchover point between pop and coke, with soda not too far to the west. However, we didn't use "other" as the map's legend suggests (LOL). We used "soft drink" if I recall correctly my youth.

                  4. My grandmother always called soft drinks "tonic". She was originally from the Boston area but lived most of her life on the South Shore in MA.

                    I am in Boston and use "soda", but have heard "pop" tossed around as well.

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                    1. re: pickledtink

                      Definitely "tonic" was the term for all kinds of soft drinks growing up in Boston in the 1960's. Soda and pop have come in later from all the students from other parts of the country.