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Poll results: What do you use as shorthand for carbonated beverages?

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  • Pop

    18 33.96%
  • Soda

    20 37.74%
  • Soda pop

    0 0%
  • Soft drink

    2 3.77%
  • Coke

    11 20.75%
  • Tonic

    1 1.89%
  • Phosphate

    0 0%
  • Fizzy drink

    0 0%
  • Cold drink

    1 1.89%
  • Cool drink

    0 0%
  • Ginger

    0 0%
  • Lolly water

    0 0%
  • Juice

    0 0%
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    Pop or soda?

    I'm just barely on the "soda" side of the pop/soda isogloss. Barely. Signs in supermarkets here say "soda" or "soda/pop", and most locals say "soda". Just west or south of town, it's almost always called "pop".

    I proudly and defiantly call it POP. I grew up in Pop Country. "Soda" is what you get at ice cream parlors and Kosher delis. POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP POP.



    POP.

    What do you call carbonated beverages?
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    I think I was a teenager before I heard someone refer to it (only) as "pop."

    California, of course

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    I'm a Jersey kid, so it's soda for me. Though if my Hoosier friends ask for a "pop", I know they don't want me to strike them ...
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    I'm fairly certain I live in the epicenter of pop.
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    We mainly use soft drink or fizzy drink. Defo not pop or soda!
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    Growing up in SW Michigan, it was always pop in our house but we also heard soda pop on occasion. I've been in Texas so long that coke is sometimes used generically.
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    Pop. We are midwest to the core. It seems the coasts like soda. I found it quite funny to ask for fizzy drink in Australia.
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    Growing up in the next largest city south of Atlanta, everything is coke Here in NC most call it Soda.
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    I'm a Jersey kid, so it's soda for me. Though if my Hoosier friends ask for a "pop", I know they don't want me to strike them ...
    I started 9th grade (at boarding school) with a new roommate, a student from Michigan. When she asked me where she could buy a "pop," I had to get her to repeat it a couple of times because I thought she was saying "pot"!

    That was the first time I had ever heard someone refer to "soda" as "pop."

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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Growing up in the next largest city south of Atlanta, everything is coke
    Seriously - Coke or a soft drink. None of this soda/pop nonsense.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I'm fairly certain I live in the epicenter of pop.
    Same here! Interesting, most of MI is 80-100% pop but the county I live in is one of few in the 50-80% bracket.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    Pop. We are midwest to the core. It seems the coasts like soda. I found it quite funny to ask for fizzy drink in Australia.
    Yea, where I grew up people would actually glare at you for saying soda. Although where I am now a few more people will say soda, but I think the majority still say pop.
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    In the northeast (I grew up in Revere MA) any soft drink was and still is call "Tonic" but once you move from there its soda or pop or soft drink.

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    Pop-with the nice nasally Chicago/Northwest Indiana accent, tyvm. I live in Coke country, so I used both.
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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    Pop-with the nice nasally Chicago/Northwest Indiana accent, tyvm.
    How do they say it? In Buffalo, ground zero of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, you'll occasionally hear "pā-yahp", but it's mostly "paahp"
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    After living for a dozen years in the Albany area, I finally learned to say "soda" -- and then I returned to WNY which is definitely "pop" country.

    I think that any college town in west of Syracuse in Upstate NY is probably split between "pop" and "soda" because all the college kids from Downstate say "soda" and all the locals say "pop".

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    Enough of this nonsense, it's COKE. It doesn't matter if it's a Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mello-Yello or Fanta all carbonated soft drinks are, and should be, referred to as coke.

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    In Arizona it soda...even the Michituckians have dropped the ridiculous term pop.

    With that said I grew up calling it Coke. I asked my parents and when my father was in the Air Force we were always stationed in the South and he picked up calling it Coke.

    Living in Michigan was the first time I had heard the term "pop". I thought they wanted a lolli-pop...which they call suckers.
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    Quote Originally posted by shell_waster View post
    Enough of this nonsense, it's COKE. It doesn't matter if it's a Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mello-Yello or Fanta all carbonated soft drinks are, and should be, referred to as coke.
    Spoken like a true Southerner. It is Coke for all

    Once while camping in the Smokies we had a tent site next to this teacher from Bawstin. For some reason, us Southerners referrring to all soda as "coke" got under her skin. So of course we went out of our way to work "coke" in a generic way for pop into the conversation.

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    Quote Originally posted by shell_waster View post
    Enough of this nonsense, it's COKE. It doesn't matter if it's a Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mello-Yello or Fanta all carbonated soft drinks are, and should be, referred to as coke.
    Indeed, I remember visiting my Texas cousins when I was in Junior High and going to restaurant where the waitress asked what kind of Coke I wanted. Mind you, this was before Diet drinks and all of that. There was only one kind of Coke -Coke! So why the hell was she asking what kind I wanted? I was so confused...
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    Quote Originally posted by shell_waster View post
    Enough of this nonsense, it's COKE. It doesn't matter if it's a Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mello-Yello or Fanta all carbonated soft drinks are, and should be, referred to as coke.
    Do you at least call it Diet? Or is that still just Coke?
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    Do you at least call it Diet? Or is that still just Coke?
    Everything is a 'coke' diet, pepsi products, etc, if you want something different you just need to say you want a 'Mountain Dew' when asked what kind.
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    I think we called it pop whenI was little but now I say soda. Things that make you say Hmmm...
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    No hedging or equivocation, plain and simple we call it 'pop' here.... as in "bring us two pops, sonny boy, and make it snappy"

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    Here's the Utah 2 cents: Out here, you ask somebody if they want a DRINK. What you mean when you say that is "Coke, Pepsi, or the like". Because water is for granolas (that's what we call the crunchy folks) and alcohol is for gentiles.

    If you're ever here from out of town and at a restaurant you ask what they've got to "drink", you better follow it up with "and I am talking about alcohol, kid".
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