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jcs007's avatar

Based on where you are from, do you say "soda" or "pop"?

Asked by jcs007 (1770points) March 18th, 2008 from iPhone
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kevbo's avatar

“Pop” is onomatopoeia, not a drink. ;-)

Soda. New Mexico.

applegate's avatar

My mother would say “sodie”.

jrpowell's avatar

I always refer to it by name. “I want a Pepsi” or “Can you get me a Sierra Mist”.

I can’t say that I ever use those words. I am anal retentive and live in Oregon.

squirbel's avatar

I had this argument in the lobby of the boys dorm with a cute guy whose name I can’t remember.

I came from the group who calls it “pop”, and he came from the group that calls it “soda”. Anyway, we ended up nicknaming each other – I called him “Pop” and he called me “Soda”... It was cute :P

We agreed to just call it sodapop, since that was lightyears better than the people who call it “soda water.”

sferik's avatar

Here’s a map of the distribution of people who say soda vs. pop across America.

I’m from Woodstock, NY and I don’t drink soda. Or pop.

ppcakes's avatar

sodas the only thing it should be called!

jrpowell's avatar

Nice sferik.. I added it to my train-wreck.

squirbel's avatar

That’s an awesome map! And in my travels I do remember people in the south calling every soft drink “coke”.

I should add that to my pet peeves. Grape and orange flavored drinks are NOT coke.

jrpowell's avatar


They are not Coke but they go great with Vodka. That is how I roll.

hairypalm's avatar

i say coke. But like always , squirbel is right.

squirbel's avatar

Oops! Didn’t mean to offend! And no one is right, cultural differences are just that – different!

robmandu's avatar

Speaking as someone who’s spent most of his life in the southern U.S., and with some pretty rural roots, I’ve never, not once, ever heard the term “Coke” used generically to describe just any soda/pop variation.

The exception there being that folks dining at restaurants may refer to whatever available cola product as Coke. Like, “I’ll have a Coke, please.” And the server saying, “We have Pepsi products here.” Followed by, “Whatever. Pepsi’s fine.”

But never ever anything like…
“What kind of coke you got?”
“We have Cheerwine, Sundrop, and Grape Nehi.
“Mmmm, I like all those cokes. Can’t decide. Tell y’all what, if’n you got RC Cola, I’ll have that with my moonpie.”

So, I can’t help but wonder to what extent there’s been misinterpretation. That, or I don’t hang out in the right places.

robmandu's avatar

Oh yah, to answer the actual question, I say “soda”. When in Michigan, I hear “pop” used a lot.

TheCouncil's avatar

I have to agree with johnpowell. I try to order based on what is served/available.

zepoman's avatar

I’m from Canada, and I’ve only heard “pop” up here. I think “soda” must be an American thing, eh? My inlaws always said “soft drink” years ago.

scamp's avatar

When I lived in Ohio it was called pop, but everywhere else I’ve been it was called soda.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I hate when people call it coke. How are you going to describe sprite or something of that sort as coke?

@johnpowell what is with the rick rolls lately? Aren’t we a couple months late on this meme?

joeysefika's avatar

in Australia we use neither. Instead we ask for the specific drink (coke, sprite, etc) how Is someone going to know what you want if you just ask for soda??

squirbel's avatar

I think some misunderstand. No one goes to a restaurant and asks for “soda” or “pop”. They ask for it by name.

What we’re talking about is “what do you call the category of drink”?

oneye1's avatar

I’m from down south everything is a coke or cold drink I live in Minnesota now everything is a pop

boffin's avatar

“Fizzy-Water” should be added to the list….
I usually just ask for what ever I want by name…...

Randy's avatar

I’m from the south and we say coke. To me, coke just sounds more appealing. Pop just songs like if I drink it, I’ll explode and soda makes me think of the carbonation, not the drink. Coke just works.

isb3's avatar

in Ohio in the Northeast atleast, it’s pop

scamp's avatar

I’ve lived all over Florida and haven’t heard it called coke. I’ve heard it called a “cold one” tho.

sferik's avatar

There’s only one cold one.

youknowconnor's avatar

I’m from Pittsburgh pennsylvannia and we all say pop

oneye1's avatar

I lived all over fla to and it was called a coke scrap

bea2345's avatar

Where I come from, all carbonated soft drinks are called “soft drinks.” All other non-alcoholic beverages are coffee, tea and juice. The one exception is coconut water. That is always “coconut water.” And note that tea can be Milo tea, Ovaltine tea, green tea, chamomile tea, cocoa tea, etc.

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