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What Do You Call a Soda?

This map shows the popular generic names for soft drinks by county. I'm really surprised, I thought more states used the word "soda" instead of "pop" and I actually didn't realize that so many people used the word "coke" to mean all soda.

Source: Neatorama

So hey, what do you call a soda?

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tayrose tayrose 7 years
Soda. I hate the word pop.
Segat1 Segat1 9 years
Soft drink. Or fizzy pop.
Ivelisse Ivelisse 9 years
Here in mexico i use the word soda, but in the US i name it coke.
kelsey6 kelsey6 9 years
Like myself, I think pretty much everyone in Canada calls it pop. Soda sounds so strange to me, and I can't imagine using Coke to mean anything other than Coke! It's pretty interesting to see what certain words mean in different regions.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Soda! Always soda! Coke is only Coca-Cola (and occasionally generic brand colas), and pop is a type of music. And "soda pop" is, as someone said, a bad Britney Spears song, and should be eliminated from the lexicon!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
It's ALL COKE!! If I say I want a coke, you ask me what kind!
verily verily 9 years
I use coke and soda interchangeably. Strangely, I never picked up "pop" even though I lived near Chicago for 10 years.
kk_bama kk_bama 9 years
I snicker every time I hear someone call it pop. It just annoys the heck out of me! I'm so Southern.
amalthea1414 amalthea1414 10 years
i've always called them soft drinks :)
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
soft drink? i like that word, pop!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
fruitcakesucks fruitcakesucks 10 years
In South Africa they call is Cool Drink.
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
I also have heard 'soft drink' a lot.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I'm also from the South so it's Coke in our house.
Saller Saller 10 years
In Boston it is called tonic. I've gotten used to using this, but confused as to what to ask for when I want actually tonic water, ie. Gin and Tonic. haha. soda is soda.
wonhorsetown wonhorsetown 10 years

I've never posted before but this topic brought me out...I'm from Minneapolis and we call it Pop and only Pop...when I came home from college saying Soda my friends and family lost their minds when I would say Soda...they'd laugh and laugh because it sounds so 'geeky' to them - you gotta admit Pop is a cooler word than soda...soda is what you put in a cocktail - soda water = tonic water...growing up when they would say soda on t.v. shows we'd wonder why they were saying that!

And here in Minnesota we say Tennis Shoes (i.e."Where are my tennies" or "I love your new tenna shoes") when we are referring to what the rest of the coutnry calls Sneakers...I can't imagine ever saying Sneakers! LOL!

californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 10 years
I love in the SF Bay Area and everyone I know calls it soda, but when I go to visit family on the East Coast they always call it pop.
michou michou 10 years
I've always wanted to call it pop, but people would look at me strangely here (in New Jersey), so I always call it soda.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
Soda, for sure. I'm surprised by how much less of the country says that though...I always thought it was a few states that said "pop" and that was it! :)
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
i think i use all three, i am originally from ohio and i used to say coke or pop but now i am in the west and i think i call it soda more often than not
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i was gonna say that super win! LOL although WHY its called that i'll never know! :?
kendallina kendallina 10 years
I'm originally from Illinois, where it is pop. I lived in Wisconsin most of my life, where it is soda. Now, I live in Tennessee and it's coke. I still say pop, where I'm known as a Yankee. ;)
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