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post #1 of 40
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Is it soda or is it pop? I say soda.

I'm from Connecticut (US). My wife is from upstate NY. I've always said 'soda' but she keeps on saying pop. People at restauraunts don't know what she's talking about until she corrects herself, especially the younger people. What do you call it and where do you live? (a coke, soda, pop, tonic, etc.)

Also, here in CT we call liqueur stores "package stores". Out of state friends say CT has no liqueur shops and when I point one out they say "But it says PACKAGE store".
post #2 of 40
I gew up in western Mass, where you buy your soda at the package store. I have lived in Boston, where you get your tonic, and in the Midwest, where you get your pop at the piggly-wiggly (come over here, once, eh?) Here in SoCal, they seem to use both soda and pop.
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post #3 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by tmp:
<strong>I gew up in western Mass, where you buy your soda at the package store. I have lived in Boston, where you get your tonic, and in the Midwest, where you get your pop at the piggly-wiggly (come over here, once, eh?) Here in SoCal, they seem to use both soda and pop.</strong><hr></blockquote>

You buy "soda" at the "Packie"
My father and aunt always say "tonic"
I just say "Coke"... "What kind of Coke do you have?"
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post #4 of 40
i'm from north carolina, and i can still remember the first time i heard someone ask for pop. i had no f***ing idea what they were talking about.

but most people don't really say soda either. i usually just ask for waht ever i want...Coke, Sprite, Sunkist(YUMMY!) if i'm in a restaurant where i don't know what they have (as far as coke or pepsi products) i'll just ask about their drinks...

for whatever that's worth.
post #5 of 40
I have never heard anybody in SoCal call it pop To me pop just sounds a little too silly. I've always said soda because everybody else here says soda though I rarely ever have to use that word anyway. If I ask people if they want a beverage I ask them if they'd like a drink.
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post #6 of 40
[quote] Originally posted by Dogcow:

I just say "Coke"... "What kind of Coke do you have?" <hr></blockquote>

I went to college with a guy that called everything "Coke" as well. He was originally from the south. Alabama, I think.

In Hawaii, it's soda.
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post #7 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by Eugene:
<strong>I have never heard anybody in SoCal call it pop</strong><hr></blockquote>

I only include that since one of my co-workers (a native angeleno) calls it that.

[quote]<strong>If I ask people if they want a beverage I ask them if they'd like a drink.</strong><hr></blockquote>

If I am offered a "drink" it better have some booze in it.
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post #8 of 40
Everyone round here (north England) seems to just use the name of the drink. Eg... "I'm just getting a Sprite". Collectively it'd just be drinks, I guess.

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post #9 of 40
i'm from alabama. all "soda" is coke. you can skate by calling it soda, but never call it pop. nobody uses the general terms anyway, we just call it by whatever brand it is. i dont see the need for pronouns for colas.

i just ask for "something to drink." if someone asks for a pop, they're looking to get hit.

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post #10 of 40
I used to say Pop but I have deleted that from my vernacular. Soda is my choice.
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post #11 of 40
ha ha ha, i thought people in Minnesota were the only ones to call it pop. maybe NY as well? he he, sweet.

we always make fun of Wisconsin kids around here when they order soda. fools.

it's pop.

i suppose you could just reason that soda is anything that comes from a fountain, and pop is anything from a can/bottle, but where's the fun in that?
post #12 of 40
For what it's worth the proper collective name for soft carbonated drinks ower here is GINGER and this is clearly eastablished by history and tradition. The enquiring mind will hae tae leave its corporeal skull and cast itsel back ower two centuries and more. The England o' that time (no' Scotland though, which has a'ways been a genteel and civilised nation) was rough, course and violent, driven tae excess by an abundance o' cheap gin. As gin became gradually mare expensive however it was found that mixing it wi' gruel(a thin watery porridge made popular by Oliver Twist) provided a cheap alternative. Thus gingruel was invented. Ower subsequent years synthetic colourings and articial sweeteners were added tae ma' it mare palatable and the name gradually evolved through 'gingrel' and 'gingre' to the generic title we know today.

Maist interestingly this name (as opposed tae SODA or POP) was also in widespread use in early America. In fact it occurs in one o' the very first letters ever written frae the Pilgrim Faithers tae relatives back hame...

Dear Bretheren. We doth require of ye that ye send us six dozen casks o' finest gingruel (my emphasis) on the next vessel as maist o' oor casks went pop in the seas off Canada. Also be sae kind as tae despatch a goodly barrel o' bicarbonate o' soda for the clacks which hath struck us maist ungraciously.

Interestingly enough this early missive may also demonstrates how the other terms mentioned above came tae be confused wi' the true generic identity o' fizzy beverages everywhere.

[ 01-24-2002: Message edited by: Sir Mac o' the Isles ]</p>
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post #13 of 40
SODA!!!!!!!


Damn you POP people!
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post #14 of 40
1) The beverage's actual name.
2) Coke followed by clarification for type.
3) Soda is acceptable.

"Pop" isn't even in the running, that's queerer than Richard Simmons.

[edit]

Queerer than Richard Simmons on a rope!



[ 01-24-2002: Message edited by: groverat ]</p>
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post #15 of 40
Everyone here calls it soda.
post #16 of 40
i bet that women from NY grew up in MN or something. i swear this is the only state in the U.S. where you call it pop.

ha ha, we rule.

5% baby. we're the apple people of the great soda vs. pop wars.
post #17 of 40
I grew up in Nova Scotia, and we always called it pop.

There used to be a store that all they sold was pop, nothing else. Hundreds of different flavours. Black Cherry was my favourite. It was called "The Pop Shoppe".

Unfortunately, they went out of business.

These days I just call it sody-pop!
post #18 of 40
Here in Chicago they call it pop but there are no "piggly-wiggly"s. Just Moo and Oink.
post #19 of 40
Being from the South, it's all called "Coke". Even if it's Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, RC Cola, root beer, etc.

"Hey man, you want a Coke?" (hands you a Pepsi...)

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I still call anything dark brown and carbonated "Coke". SoCal hasn't ripped THAT from me.
post #20 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>Is it soda or is it pop? I say soda.

I'm from Connecticut (US). My wife is from upstate NY.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Same here. I grew up in CT and my mom was from Rochester (NY). Whenever we'd visit my grandparents they called it pop. That's because culturally the Mid-West begins in upstate New York. Notice where they all call it pop - MN, Chicago, upstate NY.
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post #21 of 40
Ha ha ha... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

Soda?... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

Its called pop...

ahhh... soda... lol

hey I like these new smilies... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

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post #22 of 40
Ive said it before and Ill say it again, Mac is the man

Actually here in vancouver we all say it by whatever the actual product is (coke, sprite, gingerale), but in general call them Soft Drinks (Yes, I consider Beer a softdrink too ). However I grew up knowing it as pop, Soda sounds so... 1950s...
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post #23 of 40
Everyone here calls it POP, but it sounds incredibly stupid so I call it SODA. Seriously, POP, what the hell is that?
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post #24 of 40
Soda!
post #25 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by G4Dude:
<strong>Seriously, POP, what the hell is that?</strong><hr></blockquote>

An annoying and gay N Sync song.
post #26 of 40
You guys are all seriously messed up.

Soda? Jesus, I laugh everytime I hear that word on a US show...

I guess it's what you're used to. SODA sounds soooooo gay to me. SODAmn gay.

Anyway, wasn't it called soda-pop way back when? I guess you guys started using the soda half, and we took the pop half.

Whatever. It's what you mix into it that counts, anyway.

[ 01-24-2002: Message edited by: murbot ]</p>
post #27 of 40
This thread makes me want a Fresca... quite possibly the best soft-drink ever!
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post #28 of 40
Soda.. never hear anything else.

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post #29 of 40
Soda here (St. Louis, MO).
post #30 of 40
This thread makes me want a Fresca... quite possibly the best soft-drink ever!
Fresca WOULD be good if it werent for the Asparthime (sp?) in it. That stuff tastes NASTY and is shown to have all kinds of connections to malladies (cant think of the right word right now... common word, but just lost in me...)like cancer.
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post #31 of 40
groverat is 100% correct

ot: when isn't he?
post #32 of 40
Thread Starter 
Well I sometimes just say 'coke' when all i want is cola, be it Coke or Pepsi. But when I want to know what kind of beverages they have I ask "What kind of soda do you have?" Then refer to the name of the beverage...

On a side note: what's better?

Coke or Pepsi.
7up or Sprite.
Dr.Pepper or Mr.Pibs

I say: Pepsi, Sprite and Mr.Pibs.

{oops, it's Pibs, not Pips}

[ 01-25-2002: Message edited by: Outsider ]</p>
post #33 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by Outsider:
<strong>On a side note: what's better?

Coke or Pepsi.
7up or Sprite.
Dr.Pepper or Mr.Pips

I say: Pepsi, Sprite and Mr.Pips.</strong><hr></blockquote>

<img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

Ugh...you got it all backwards! Pepsi? Aaccchhhhakkkkk...
post #34 of 40
Depends... regular Coke is better than regular Pepsi.

If you're talking diet pop, Pepsi kicks Coke's ass...
post #35 of 40
Pepsi's better than Coke.
Sprite's better than 7up.
post #36 of 40
actually, coke is way better than pepsi.

if you don't believe me, order a rum and pepsi sometime.

or bacardi and pepsi. *shudder*

also, isn't is Mr. pib? not mr. pip?
post #37 of 40
Down here in Fl, everything is a "coke". :eek:
post #38 of 40
[quote]ot: when isn't he?<hr></blockquote>

That's an excellent question. I'll let you know if it happens.

[edit]

I'm down with Coke and Pepsi. I used to be a strict Coke guy, but my girlfriend's family are all staunch Pepsi advocates, so in my typical moderate style I have become a fan of both.

As long as it's not some kind of earth material boiled (coffee or tea) then it's usually good by me.

[ 01-25-2002: Message edited by: groverat ]</p>
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post #39 of 40
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For me Pepsi is sweeter and I have a sweet tooth. Coke dries my mouth also.
post #40 of 40
[quote]Originally posted by roger_ramjet:
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Same here. I grew up in CT and my mom was from Rochester (NY). Whenever we'd visit my grandparents they called it pop. That's because culturally the Mid-West begins in upstate New York. Notice where they all call it pop - MN, Chicago, upstate NY.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Well it's "pop" here, but if you travel across the state to Albany, they call it soda. I wouldn't really say that the Mid-west begins in upstate NY. I'd say that the "pop" thing has to do with your vicinity to Canada.
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