questionspop, soda, or coke? what do you call it?

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from Missouri, I say pop, soda, and coke.

Never soft drink.

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I'm from everywhere and I call it soda. Here in west Texas it seems like most people call it Coke.

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Pop or soda. I only call Coke by the name Coke.

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I call it... mmmm... gulp... ahhhh... Pepsi...

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I live in the Midwest... I call it soda, although, a good share of people around here call it pop.

We went to Texas last spring, it's a little different down there...

"Would you like a Coke with that?"

'Yes, please.'

"What kind?"

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Soda pop
My relatives in KC Missouri call it 'Sodie'

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@capguncowboy: Pepsi is the only way to go IMO. I haven't had a Coke since they changed, rechanged, and rebranded back in the 90's

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I try to say soda, but growing up here in the South everyone calls them all coke, then you specify which type you want.

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Diabetes in a can? Don't touch the stuff unless there is rum involved, then I say "rum and Coke".

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@unclefrog: Sounds about right. In Texas, all soda is Coke. Unless it is Dr. Pepper.

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I'm in the midwest, and I agree with the roughly 40% of North Americans who call it Soda.
http://popvssoda.com/

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I'm weird, I guess. I call it by its name. "We're out of Diet Pepsi," or "Would you like Pepsi, Coke," etc?" Very rarely I'll call it a "soft drink" and then that's usually only with guests.

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Usually "pop", sometimes "soda", NEVER "coke" (unless, it is an actual Coca-Cola).

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Growing up in MA we called it Tonic.

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It's pop here in Ohio.. When I lived in GA/Alabama areas I heard, "Can you pass me that DrPepper Coke"... Everything was "coke".. Which was annoying to say the least

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Grew up in Michgan and New Hampshire and chose to call soft drinks soda. Now that I am back in Michigan it secretly irritates me when people correct me, "oh, you mean pop"?

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I call it soda, or whatever brand it is.

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Soda water. After being married to a Texan for so long it just kinda grew on me. I use it less now because I'm no longer in Texas and waiters get confused.

Kool-Aid is sugar water.

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used to call it coke but now soda. pop sounds like pain waiting to happen or a trip back to the '80s...

"you wanna pop?"

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@jsoko: Whereat in metro Detroit? I've never meet a wooter from Detroit on Deals. Also, obviously, pop.

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http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html

This is a fun map for this question.

/me is from Cincinnati, pop.

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Born and raised in Iowa, and it's definately pop.

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I'm southern, but raised in Miami, so I may be an anomaly. We always said soda, or cola, if it was pepsi, coke, or, what we usually had, generic caffeinated beverage. All my southern relatives called coke co-cola, but what they drank was ne-hi. Often peach. Which really is diabetes in a bottle, and is really, really gross. Even as a child, I thought that was way too sugary.

Also, soda water = seltzer
And, tonic + gin = summer

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For me, it is soda. The only time I call it a Coke, is if it is actually a Coke. If it is a coke like product, then I call it by its actual name (such as Pepsi), or cola.

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born and raised in the south and we always say "coke" as a generic term. for example, someone could come to my house and i say "hey, you want a coke" they go "sure, what do you have" i say "mountain dew, pepsi, root beer etc...". soda is acceptable but will get you some weird looks. saying "pop" is likely to get your ass kicked for "bein a yankee"

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@jsoko: Roseville. Nice to know there's someone sane nearby :P

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I was a military brat.

I call it soda, my dad's family in St. Louis calls it pop.

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Always soda. This is the breakdown in my mind.

Coke = Coca Cola
Soda = Generic term for carbonated beverage
Pop = The sound a balloon makes when it explodes or unimaginative annoying music or even a slang term for your father but never a drink.

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I say "Bully, what a fine frothy beverage this is! Indeed, this aluminium can contains the cold quite well."

But I'm old school like that.

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I have a big gaming group, so there's usually about 15 different kinds of soft drinks in the gaming fridge. Most of the guys say, "Pass me a coke", and the person working the fridge asks what kind. I generically call them soda, but when I want one to drink it's either a root beer or a "white one" (caffeine free diet Pepsi). I'll be in trouble if anyone else starts using white cans, I'll have to be specific.

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What are caffeinated beverages called where you are?
- Where I am, it is called coffee.

@holymythos: I am planning an outing to MI this Oct to visit dad's memorial at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Also, for some hot apple cider & fresh cake donuts cooked in the orchard.

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I call it whatever word comes to mind at that moment - pop, soda..whatever. But not coke. Coke is Coke, as in Coca Cola.

So yeah, "soda," "pop," "Get me something to drink!" They all work.

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I have never understood why in some places it is referred to as coke. I suppose it is the whole Band-Aid, Kleenex thing but with so many options and brands it has to be something a little more specific. I say soda in Virginia but I have some relatives in Indiana that say pop.

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Here on the Left Coast, Best Coast, West Coast, pretty much everyone says "pop". I say Diet Pepsi. It's my guilty pleasure with ribs, burgers and hot dogs.

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I simply name the brand of soda I want. IBC root beer anyone?

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@rlapid2112: Enjoy the apples and the fall trees :)

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@ndcouch: Same here, born and raised in Arkansas. I am trying to be more specific, such as "You want a Pepsi?" or "YouwannaMountainDew"?(BTW, redneck humor WAS intended on the last one.)

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Coke..as in "Do you want a coke? Yeah! What kind, pepsi, mt dew.."

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i always giggle when i hear someone say pop or sodie pop, it sounds so funny. makes me stop in my tracks to try to translate it into "soda".
and i've heard soda water being said... that's like being in a bar and the record suddenly scratches and everyone pauses and stares. i have to quickly think "do they want soda, or water, or club soda/seltzer"?

i say the specific soda flavor like "grapefruit soda" or coke for Coca Cola

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Columbus Ohio, POP

I've lived in florda for 7 years though and most the people there called it soda, and when i would say pop i would recive a strange look -_-

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Florida's an interesting grab bag culturally, but I was raised with "soda". I don't actually drink much of it without alcohol honestly, and I prefer Pepsi to Coke.

Why isn't 'cola' an option though? I've used that. It seems more descriptive as it distinguishes from other carbonated beverages, e.g. Sprite, Mountain Dew.

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@liss: the big carbonated beverage companies want you to use their name. it's a trick!