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 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.