Soda vs. Pop

September 9, 2008 at 10:26 am 6 comments

What word do you use when asking for a “soft-drink”? Some data collected in 2003 shows the varying regional terminology used

I say pop. I’m ok with either, but not a big fan of combining into “soda-pop”.


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  • 1. liechtyman  |  September 9, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Do you have the same bias against Rob Lowe’s portrayal of “Sodapop” in The Outsiders?

  • 2. Dan  |  September 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    It is Coke alright, not soda, not pop and definitely not Pepsi.

  • 3. Jen  |  September 10, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I am a “pop” person. I would also like to point out, that I’ve noticed proponent’s of “pop” seem to be more lenient of other pop terms than those that say “soda” (and apparently those that say Coke). I’ve been yelled at by soda supporters several times for saying pop, but I’ve never heard a pop supporter get upset at someone for saying soda or some other vernacular

  • 4. jjBacik  |  September 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I definitely agree that pop people are more indifferent to the other terms. I don’t understand the whole coke thing though. Are all variations of carbonated beverages referred to as coke despite possible other classifications, ie. root beer, sprite/7up, orange, cream soda?

  • 5. Kozmo Kramer  |  September 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Real Men…..ask for Soda!!!!!!

    Nuemann asked for Pop !!

    Opey Taylor asked for pop!

  • 6. Phil Dokas  |  September 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I think my favorite thing about this map is the area in central NC and VA of strong “other” preference. I asked a NC expat friend of mine and she said that it was probably just a concerted effort by residents to mess with the survey takers. Now, Minnesota’s Lake Of The Woods county up there (northernmost county in America! (Alaska doesn’t have counties)) is just another thing entirely and I’m willing to bet they just call it “malört” or “ludefisk juice” or some such thing.

    Bonus fun fact! Lake Of The Woods country is home to two of the four pieces of the lower 48 states which are accessible only through Canada. The other two are in Vermont and Washington.


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