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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:43 pm Reply with quote
ethan
 
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It is very interesting to see the different words for soda and how it varies from region to regiion. I came upon this chart:

http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:15 pm Reply with quote
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That is a great map, Ethan! Thank you!

This answers a question we posed last year on The Word Nerds, and we left the "survey" open for quite awhile. However, we didn't really do a statistical survey or study or anything.

That's what this is: the soda pop map of the US!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:37 pm Reply with quote
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Hmmm. One of the "Others" is tonic, which is what they called the fizzy drink when I was growing up in New England. Now that area seems to have turned very soda-y

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:38 pm Reply with quote
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That would explain why everyone looks at me wierd when I ask for a soda.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:48 pm Reply with quote
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With my family being from out East, Soda Pop (sounds like Sodar Paup when my "Fah-thuh" says it Smile ) were the sounds of angels bringing cold relief to a hot dry pallet.

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I agree with the map
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:34 pm Reply with quote
bergen1960
 
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I agree with the map regarding soda, pop or coke, at least as it relates to CA, CO and MN. Living in each of these areas for years, I have found CA to be a "soda" region and CO and MN to be "pop" regions. Fascinating!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:04 pm Reply with quote
littlesir
 
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Location: Melbourne, Australia


In Australia it's referred to as soft drink.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:03 pm Reply with quote
GimliNZ
 
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In NZ we call it either soft drink or fizzy or coke.

Actually I'm a bit confused because at home we call it Soda but then we have a Californian/American influence and we generally only drink Coca-Cola as our carbonated drink of choice rather than other 'flavours'.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:56 am Reply with quote
katileka
 
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I've noticed that when I was younger I referred to soft drinks as "pop" (my mother grew up in the 1950s in southern California) but as I grew older I started to use "coke" as a gerneral term for soft drinks. It always vexes me when I ask my mom for a coke and she tells me that all we have is Pepsi. My dad (who is from Vietnam) says soda. However most of the time, if he knows what it is, he'll call it by it's name. And now that I think about it, he also uses "drink" as a term for soft drink.


I'm pretty sure that "soft drink" is the 'official' region-free term. That's what textbooks and food services use.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:52 pm Reply with quote
Blumengarten
 
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Growing up with a father who did not drink soda, I've seen a variation of this with seltzer/soda water/club soda/seltzer water, etc.

In New York, where I lived at the time (Long Island to be more specific), he could order seltzer in most restaurants without a problem. But, travelling to Massachusetts through Connecticut to visit my mother's family, the further we got away from New York, the odder the reaction would be when he ordered seltzer.
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