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Blessed Be the Answer to the Soda vs. Pop Question in a Map!

Oh, answer from the heavens to the existential question that's plagued mankind since the dawn of liquid, what, oh what, in all that is holy-regional-specificity do we call that most bubbly of beverages? Oh, map of the ages, slake my thirst for knowledge!

So yeah. Soda or Pop — or in a crazy Southern specialness that can't at all come from the fact that Coke is based there, Coke. What do you call it? This map will save you from ever having that conversation again — though by all means use it as an icebreaker and then pop them (heh.) with your fizzy drink fountain of knowledge. Maps. Ah, refreshing.


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misha-su misha-su 8 years
My boyfriend is from Michigan and he says pop. I'm from Houston and I say coke. But when I say coke, I expect a Coca-Cola! I usually use the actual brand names in order to avoid confusion. Besides, I'm more of a Sprite drinker.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
This map is hella funny, I moved from PA to CA and always said pop which i got funny looks for. Now I usually call it soda but every once in awhile i'll say pop and my fiance's brother and wife will tease me for it. But hey I now got my fiance to say pop more then me hahaha.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Soda! My mom's side of the family is from Chicago and they all say pop, weird.
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
:rotfl: That's funny, Colleen! NM is crazy mixed. Albuquerque is red though and Coke is definitely the word. Now that I'm in SoCal, I'm out numbered!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
How weird that some states are so mixed, like Alaska.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Actually, it took place in NE Ohio. It was some time in the 70's in one of the first insurance offices my Dad worked in. I guess people were more accepting of the whole "drug culture" in the late 70's or something. (He still tells stories from that long ago. Heck, he still tells stories from when he was in grade school in the early 60's!)
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
YY-your post really made me laugh. It's so bay area. lol. But yep being from the bay area (in CA) I always said soda...til I moved to Chicago and then said pop to adapt and not get teased. My mom hated it when I moved back home.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Are you SERIOUS, lilkimbo?! That story about your dad is hilarious! hahaha... that didn't happen to take place somewhere near the ohio river (you know, down south near KY!), did it? :wink: Reminds me of my Cincinnati days!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'm from California (obviously) and I never heard anyone call it anything other than soda until I was talking to my cousin from Erie, PA and she referred to it as "pop." I still think that it sounds odd, but to each his own I guess.
Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 8 years
Exactly right. In Texas Coke is the general term, then they ask you the specific. But I usually just say Dr. Pepper, since its the big thing down here. DrPs better liked than Coke.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
melizzle, I agree about the dialect posting! You might want to Google The Wicked Good Guide to Boston English, to. It's a hoot!
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Soda. I can't imagine saying "pop" in a jersey accent. We need more regional dialect posts. I was not at all prepared when I went to Boston and learned words like bubbler, frappe and wicked.
OhFish OhFish 8 years
I grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and have always said coke, soda, or the actual brand name. I probably use coke more than any other. Pop has always sounded strange to me!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
One of my Dad's favorite stories about this guy he used to work with involved a time when my Dad said he was going out to get Coke (this was in Ohio, so most people used pop or sometimes soda, but typically don't use coke in the generic sense) and the guy was like, "No man, I don't do that stuff anymore." The same guy used to talk about getting a veal "cutlass."
colleenb colleenb 8 years
Someone said to me the other day that her friend used to work in sales selling coke. There was confusion.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Being a native Minnesotan, it has always been pop to me. I lived in Boston for a couple of years, and they refer to is as either soda or tonic. I remember going to the Stah Mahket on my fuhst grocery run and ahsking a stock boy wheah the pop was. He didn't know what I was tahking about, and looked aht me like I was wikked retahded.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
My home country is strongly "pop" but I gotta say, most kids from there now say "soda". Oh well.
esk4 esk4 8 years
Grouwing up in NOLA we called everything coke, or a soft drink. my grandpa who lives in south east texas says soda water tho...
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
I see a couple comments that beat me to the point I wanted to make about living in Texas: "What kind of Coke do you want?" Coke loves that, I'm sure! :nerdgirl:
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I have lived in all the different naming regions! And, I have always referred to it as "Coke" -- you can't take the Carolina out of me. I could never get behind "pop," but for the life of me I can't tell you why that word bothers me so much...
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I grew up in California and Arizona, and it was always soda. My mom was from Albuquerque, and it was always Coke to her. I always thought that AZ had gigantic counties, this just proves it to me.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm from Illinois, and I've always called it "soda pop."
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Wait, I have heard other people say "pop". But then I just look at them funny :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Funny...I was born in Ashland, Oregon and it's in one of the two counties of Oregon that calls it "soda". Now I live in California, where basically everyone calls it that. No wonder I've never heard people use other names for it!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I say soda but Pop is rally cute.
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