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Jun 28, 2012 10:40 AM

Seltzer or club soda? What do you call it?

When I was a child, we drank seltzer. I discovered however, that most everyone else called it either club soda or sparkling water. I finally realized that it ust be a regional thing. And, although I was born and raised in Los Angeles, my dad is from Philly and I must ave picked up 'seltzer' from him. So now I'm wondering, where are you and what do you call it? Seltzer? Club soda? Sparkling water?

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  1. There was once a distinction in that club sodas had an appreciable sodium content whereas seltzer did not. Don't know if that still holds true.

    1. Club soda is different than seltzer. Club has sodium, seltzer does not.

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      1. re: Alan408

        Which makes SELTZER a misnomer, since the root seltz (saltz in German or Yiddish) means SALT.

      2. I now live on West Coast and call it club soda but when I lived in NYC I called it "seltzer"

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        1. re: foufou

          Re the sodium, that may be the case in some places, but here in LA, if club soda doesn't have sodium, it's either called sodium free club soda, or sparkling water. Never seltzer as I was raised to call it.

        2. Seltzer, though some folks then say, do you mean club soda?

          1. They sell both in stores around here so I imagine there's a difference between them.