Thursday, January 9, 2014

I'd like a soda? Wait, no, a pop. Or is it coke?

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.

Pop. 

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?

61 comments:

  1. I tend to say soda but a lot of people here say pop...of course they are all *wrong*. lol!

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    1. LOL, it's like Trekker or Trekkie, there are different camps and they are sure their way is right!

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  2. Haha! I say "Soda," and I'm right in Missouri where it's red. That's awesome!!

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  3. I confuse everyone and just ask for soda pop please. :)
    LOL, the looks I get are hilarious.
    I live in MN. :)
    ~Heather

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    1. LOL, I had forgotten about soda pop. I've heard others say "tonic" and "fizzies" in other countries.

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  4. I always giggle when someone calls soda "pop". Around here in MA it's soda, but some old timers call it tonic. But it's soda :)

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    1. I still think it should be "soda" but Brady keeps grumping about it, LOL.

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  5. Pretty cool! In the part of Canada I'm from they were called 'soft drinks', but we knew soda pop, soda, and pop. Here in the UK it's fizzy drinks.

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    1. I absolutely love the sound of "fizzy drinks." That, IMO, seems the most accurate of all.

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  6. I say both, it depends on my mood. :)

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  7. Yeah, down here in Florida it's soda LOL If you say coke they think you're talking about Coca Cola. No one here knows what pop is LOL

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    1. I know it! I can't remember how we sorted that out in SC when we said "coke." I guess they then asked, "Which kind?"

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  8. I'm from NJ, and we've always said soda here. The other ones sound so weird to me. :)

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  9. Most people around here just call it a drink. Maybe soda. Definitely not pop.

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  10. In my side of the world ( Canada, Ahem!) they call it coke! :) I have never heard people referring to this as soda here, although i have come across this term in some books I have read :)- Vinma

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    1. I never thought about Canada! Interesting it's coke there too :)

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  11. This is a 'hoot' ! I have been in Ga. most of my life except for a brief stint in N.C.. My family up in S.C. are really referring to Pepsi when they refer to having a 'coke'. Thanks for the laugh!

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    1. Hi Shirley! Yes, I know it, the thing with a Pepsi being a Coke! That threw me off in SC too. The waitresses have to ask you which kind of coke you want.

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  12. lol this is too cute and i agree i gave up trying to figure out what to call it that now when i travel and go into places i just ask for anything diet related and let the waitress figure it out

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    1. LOL, yes, asking for a "diet" drink would eliminate the need for all the names.

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  13. I guess I hadn't given this topic much thought but it is interesting to see what the different states call it. I live in Colorado and call it soda but my husband calls it pop he is from MA-they also call it tonic I think...lol.

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    1. It's funny because Colorado is kind of purple-ish, right in between the pop and soda areas. Lots of people call them "soft drinks" too I guess.

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  14. I'm originally from New York City where we'd call it "soda" but now living in Colorado where it's being called "pop" which I still can't get used to. :)

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  15. I'm from New York so I've always called it soda, although I don't drink it :)

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    1. That's probably the best idea of all! I view it as a treat, only every so often.

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  16. Looks about right. I live in NE and it is pop here. I lived in AZ it was soda. Spanish is refrescas. I think that is for all Spanish. I;'m in luck!

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    1. Refrescas! I like that, it sounds very cool and refreshing, LOL.

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  17. In Canada, we say "pop" mostly. I've very rarely heard it called soda.
    and beer is "wobbly pop" :)

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    1. LOL @ wobbly pop. I am totally telling my beer-connoisseur hubby that, he'll love it.

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  18. I've also lived all over the country. I remember when I lived in the South it was all "Coke". Here in NE it's pop. I will go back and forth between pop and soda.

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    1. I used to never say pop, even living in KS, but see what kids get you to do!!

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  19. Soda for me (New England) :) but I have heard my parents call it pop!

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  20. Yesterday we learnt about the USA and kids were really excited to know a very brief about the country. We have for soda, coke, and pop we have one term: Coca Cola. That brand has been planted deeply in Indonesia LOL. So next time when you go to Indonesia, don't mention soda, pop, or coke, but it is Coca Cola.

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    1. LOL, so everything is Coca Cola? Even if it's Pepsi? How interesting, I didn't know that either :) I'll have to remember that!

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  21. It's pop for me! We always made fun of those who called it Coke--like Rootbeer is Coke!

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    1. I know, it's so funny! But I have to admit I totally jumped on the band wagon in SC. I also said, "All y'all" a lot. Ha!

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  22. In my country we just call it soda, but I don't drink any fizzy drink, really bad for GERD. Also the fact that for example Gatorade and Mountain Dew have bromide in them, puts me off. But interesting about the naming - I see the same thing between our country (where we speak British English) and the US...truck lorry, luggage baggage...appartment flat...too funny...

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    1. Probably avoiding them is the best idea of all! I try to stay away, but sneak it as a treat from time to time. Wow, I never knew why Mountain Dew and Gatorade had that odd taste to them. Yes, it's interesting the different words. I always love the British words, they sound so cool!

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  23. Hmm, let me think.. I guess we say pop. lol

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  24. I grew up in a pop area :) just moved from a soda area :)

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  25. LOL, Stephanie!!!!!! That is kind of funny!!!!!!! In the Caribbean we call it?????????LOL, I forgot!! I guess just by the individual drink names...coke, sprite, fanta...etc

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    1. LOL, well, that's probably the easiest, most accurate way to go about it!

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  26. I say coke...of course, since that's all I drink it does make it easier :)

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  27. Yep, we say soda in St. Louis. When I visit my family in Indiana they say pop and it drives me crazy! :)

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    1. I love how the map really is spot on. The pop thing drove me crazy for awhile here, but I give up.

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  28. At least I know if I go to either NY or California, I better say soda. I've grew up saying pop or coke. I live in the Chicago area so the map is about right. My sister's boyfriend (who was raised in various countries), says cold beverage. I laugh because I'm always like "which one!"

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    1. A cold beverage, LOL, I like that! But it could mean a beer too :) That's usually what it means here in KS.

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  29. It's amazing how certain words are different like that. I live in the pop part of the world. I'll never forget when my high school math teacher (who was from Texas) told us he would order a "coke" and when they asked him what kind he'd say "Pepsi." We all thought that was crazy! LOL

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  30. I love this! We actually all took this quiz over the holidays. It was funny to see what we all said!

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    1. I didn't take the whole quiz, I need to go back and do it! It's funny how things are different in just one country!

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  31. I tried taking this, and it wasn't too accurate for me. :( I was wondering if flashes of where I've lived would show up. A little Upstate NY, a little Illinois, a lot of SoCal. I think I ended up with Central California, Florida, and somewhere in the south!

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    1. Wow, maybe it doesn't work if you've been a lot of different places?

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  32. I spent the first 10 years of my life in MN so I'm a pop girl! :-)

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    1. It's funny, I grew up in pop-land but my Jersey mom overpowered it with soda, at least until now :)

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  33. hehehe I LOVE how many comments you got on this--it's always a fun topic to talk about! I was born and raised in TN, where everything is a "coke." Then, you specify what kind of coke you want... Sprite. LOL But both of my parents are from Michigan, so I actually grew up calling it "pop," but I humor the natives here by calling it coke when I'm in public. :p

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    1. I guess it's something everyone can relate to :) Oh yes, you were in the South Coke Country! That's how SC is. Funny, my Mom was from Jersey Soda Country yet we lived in the land of Pop. So I still get confused what I'm supposed to call it.

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