"Pop" vs. "Soda" vs. "Coke"

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  1. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    That is so awesome. I've actually been interested in what I'd always refered to as the "pop belt" I honestly thought it was just a midwest thing and wouldn't have thought it extended to the West coast. I also had no idea that the "coke" world was so large. I thought that would pretty much just be Georgia. The South-eastern Illinois/Eastern Missouri pocket of soda land is pretty interesting too.

    I'd love to see this correlated to other regional word choices.
     
  2. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    great idea for a thread!

    i say 'coke', which seems to be a little abnormal for my area...
     
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  4. wordmunger thread starter macrumors 603

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    I grew up saying "pop" (in Seattle), but now I've spent so much time living other places that I probably say "pop" half the time and "soda" the other half. I'm still not the type of person who'll ask someone "what kind" when they ask for a "coke."
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Followed by some very strange looks by the bar man ;) :p
     
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    From DC, which is "soda" country (for us natives at least). I've always said soda. No outlier here.

    On the other hand, I have been known to say "gazirovka"
     
  7. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I've always just asked for whatever kind of drink I wanted - coke, lemonade, irn bru ;) If I was pushed for a generic term, I'd probably end up with 'soft drinks'
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i tend to say pop, but occasionally soda, eh its an interesting map thats for sure, to see how Soda is spread in pockets...
     
  9. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    i like the oasis of "soda" area around St. Louis (i think), sandwiched between the "pop" and "coke" areas. :D

    the "coke" region is so weird...

    Waiter: what would like to drink?
    Customer: coke please.
    Waiter: what kind of coke?
    Customer: oh, sprite.
     
  10. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    I think the map also shows a lot about migration patterns. Southern Florida, for example. Alaska is interesting too. Not sure what's going on there.
     
  11. iGav macrumors G3

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    you'd surprised what a great conversation starter it is with barmaids though... ;)


    you sick, sick girl. :eek: :p

    speaking of sick, you remember 'Quattro' from the '80's? :eek: :p
     
  12. dPratt macrumors member

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    "Coke" is very common here in TN. It does, however, drive me crazy. In college I worked at a pizza place and a customer asked for the napkins. I told her to look beside the pop machine... at which point she just went nuts telling me "it's Coke... blah, blah, blah..." :rolleyes:

    And if I order a Coke, I mean Coke... not some other kind of pop :)
     
  13. bartelby macrumors Core

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    They need to bring that back, along with 'Texan' (a chewy nougat centre covered in milk chocolate) chewy bars and Hedgehog flavour crisps!
     
  14. scem0 macrumors 604

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    When I don't say the specific make (i.e., "Diet Coke"), I say "soda". I was born in Keokuk, Iowa - which is quite literally at the tip of Iowa, bordering both Illinois and Missouri. Looking at the map, I see it is in an area strongly divided between what to call carbonated beverages. I grew up outside Peoria, Illinois (Pekin) - an area also sharply divided. Oddly, though, I don't recall people calling it anything generic besides "soda" - I knew what "pop" was, but no one I knew called it that.
     
  16. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    That is the greatest use of a 'waste of time' that I have ever seen. Great data for the annals of Pop culture. I wonder if the government paid for this study ;)
     
  17. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    yes, yes it is. and i have a hell of a time explaining it to the folk up here in MN. at least by now they kinda just don't pay me any attention anymore when i say it... sometimes, when i'm trying to make it really easy for someone, i will say "soda," though. that p-p word is never going to happen, though!
     
  18. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    This is undoubtedly one of the most awesome things ever created.
     
  19. mkubal macrumors 6502a

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    I'm gonna have to disagree with this Map. It claims that in my county Hillsborough, FL, 50%-80% of people use Coke as the generic term for a soft drink. Never in my 22 years living in Tampa have I ever heard anyone refer to soda as Coke unless they're specifically talking about Coke. Never. It just doesn't happen. We call it "soda."

    Improper conversation:
    "What kind of coke do you want?"
    "Pepsi, please."

    Proper conversation:
    "What kind of coke do you want?"
    "Diet, please."
     
  20. Xenious macrumors 6502a

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    ahah exactly, if I am asking for a Coke, I want a Coke. Why would I ask for a Coke if I wanted a Pepsi?

    that brings me to the midwest negioation of soft drinks:

    What would you like to drink?
    Coke.
    Pepsi ok?
    No, Dr. Pepper?
    Yep.
    Ok I'll have that, thanks.

    Or the short version (which normally happens)

    Coke
    Pepsi?
    Dr. Pepper

    then there is the uk version

    Coke
    Pepsi?
    Dr. Pepper
    Sorry, we don't have that
    Damn, ok Pepsi will do.
    (grumbles about pepsi products for the next 10min in his head)
     
  21. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    Its pop!

    theres a facebook group at my school called 'its not pop its soda damnit" and we had a drunken arguement about this last year and found that same map which basically ended in a "draw" of sorts.
     
  22. mkubal macrumors 6502a

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    Responses in the "other" category that deserve attention:

    -Many different variations on "sodie" and "sodie pop"
    -"phosphate"
    -"Lage Farva" (hilarious)
    -"******* Juice" (dear lord)
    -"Ninja juice"
    -"grew up in upstate new york called it pop. went to college in upstate ny with many schoolmates from new york city. learned that pop to them was unacceptable. learned to use soda as new name for pop. Now I live in central new york.... still calling it soda." (this got 3 responses)
    -"Liter-o-cola" (also hilarious)
    -"shoe"
    -various other unmentionables that would only be funny to 10 year olds
     
  23. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

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    Same here.......though 99% of the time I say DP (Dr. Pepper).
     
  24. zelmo macrumors 603

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    wow. That map is truly a monumental achievement.

    Most folks 'round these parts call it soda, but I have a friend who has always referred to it as "mouth wash," presumably because it does a great job of eating away cottonmouth. :p
     

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