I've lived all over the United States. In places where they call our country's favorite fizzy drink "soda" (Florida and Utah) and others where they call it simply "coke" (South Carolina).
Now I'm back where I started, in the land of "pop."
Eight-year-old Brady has so embraced the Kansan lifestyle, that when I slip and say "soda" as my New-Jersey-raised Mom taught me, he looks blankly at me and says, "I don't know what that word you're saying means."
Sigh. I give up.
That's why I absolutely love this map that I first saw in Reader's Digest. How interesting that there are such clear divisions in our country in the naming of a beverage (sheesh, never mind politics!).
And what's with that little "soda" pocket in the middle of Missouri/Illinois and then again up in Wisconsin? And a hazy one down in Texas too.
Check it out. The map was made by NC State graduate student Joshua Katz. And you can also check the distribution of other words and sounds at this drop-down map site he made.
So what do they say in your neck of the woods?
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