Do you call it "soda" or "pop?"

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What do you call soft drinks?

  1. soda

    52 vote(s)
    38.2%
  2. pop

    31 vote(s)
    22.8%
  3. coke

    27 vote(s)
    19.9%
  4. other

    26 vote(s)
    19.1%
  1. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Growing up in Southern Illinois, I've always called soft drinks "soda." The only times I ever heard someone say "pop" were when my family from Chicago or Wyoming would come down. Yet, I noticed there was a group on Facebook at my school, Southern Illinois University, touting the use of the word "pop." There is also a group for those of us who call it soda, but nevertheless it got me thinking. Now, I knew that most of the kids at my school are from central or northern Illinois or the northern midwest, where they call it "pop," but I just never thought about the fact that there would be such a clash among soft drink drinkers :D about what to call that refreshing beverage.

    I also know a lot of people who just refer to soft drinks as "coke," no matter what brand, which is a predominately southern term. Although I myself will occasionally interchange the terms "soda" and "coke," but that's because Coke (specifically Diet Coke) is what I usually drink.

    I'm interested in hearing everyone else's thoughts on this.
     
  2. Josh macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Both, but more often I say "pop."

    For more info, check this out.
     
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    I usually refer to the brand of what ever I drink, rather then calling for soda or pop though have used both terms.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It's a year and half old, but here's the "official" MR thread on it. I'd imagine most people are still calling it what they called it back then.
     
  5. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    digg much? ;)


    Anywho, I call it by it name to try and avoid confusion [coke, pepsi, dr pepper. etc.]


    If speaking of soft drinks in general, Its soda.
     
  6. j26 macrumors 65832

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  7. Vster macrumors 6502

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    I usually just say soda, unless I have a particular brand in mind, like Sprite or Mountain Dew.
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    There was an extensive thread on this that included a map denoting which areas said what.

    I'm one to say soda. Having pop in the can just leads to prank phone calls.

    Someone calls a restaurant in Indiana:

    "Do you have pop in the can?"
    "Yes, we do."
    "Could you please let him out?"
     
  9. Saluki Alex thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've seen that map before, that's one of things that prompted me to start this poll. I probably should have included that in my initial post.
     
  10. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    People here used to call it pop, but I have always called it soda. I've been hearing soda more and more recently in the last few years.
     
  11. kettle macrumors 65816

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    yeah, fizzy.

    A high sugar, nose tingling drink that tastes like ***** at any temperature but cold.

    :)
     
  12. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    i call it coke. its interesting that when i grew up in the south, everything was "coke". then you could specify which "coke" you wanted.
     
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    That would certainly make sense around Atlanta since Coca-Cola is headquarted there.
     
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    When I'm ordering I ask for Cola...that way I avoid the "We only have Pepsi (for example), is that ok?" questions. When I'm asking a friend what they want I usually say soda.

    My dad is the exact opposite, he'll look at what they offer and ask for one they don't have...when we go to a place with both Coke and Pepsi, he always asks for Boylan's Cane Cola. Once we were up near Mt. Shasta...he went through trying to order the whole Shasta Cola line up before finally having tap water "That's Shasta water right??"
     
  15. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    I usually say soda, but I occasionally ask for a soda by brand name when I'm at a friend's house for example.
     
  16. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    It's pop over here - but like everybody else, if i'm after a specific brand name I'll say that!

    Soda refers to a horrid nasty fizzy water style drink...!
     
  17. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a

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    I say soda for my default response though I normally refer to drinks by their brand name. Drink of choice FYI: Coca-Cola
     
  18. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I call it soft drink? :D Thats what Aussies refer to it as I think
     
  19. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Well I call it Lemonade. That's the OLD english for soft drinks...
     
  20. Bern macrumors 68000

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    #21
    - Soda is what you mix with scotch
    - Pop is what you call your grandfather

    I call it soft drink, although it's all pretty disgusting stuff anyway.
     
  21. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    Pop = frozen confection or candy substance on a stick

    Soda = bubbly drink available in many flavors.
     
  22. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    Isn't that how it's supposed to be? ;)

    I tell you, though, when I was up at school in Minnesota I never heard the end of it. Of course, that's from the people who call it "pop." Some of them even had the nerve to call waterfountains "bubblers." Don't they know that bubblers are devices used for smoking marijuana?! :eek:
     
  23. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    "fizzy drink"
    "crap that I should not be drinking like a fish, but do"
     
  24. Frozone macrumors 6502

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    Coke!

    But, I'm from Georgia, so that's only to be expected. :D
     

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