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Soda - Pop

Where you're from when you refer to a soft drink, do you call it "soda" or "pop"? Please include your location with your response.

I live in Ohio and everyone I know calls it "pop". But an ex of mine who was from texas said they call it "soda" there and laughed when he used the term "pop". From what I've been told it's supposedly a Great Lakes regional thing... I was just wondering how true that actually is.


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May. 3rd, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
I use "soda" or else "Coke". I'm originally from Texas, now in Iowa
May. 3rd, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I call it soda. I live in Dallas now but I'm originally from New York City.
May. 3rd, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I always call it "pop". Born and raised in Ohio, then moved to Pittsburgh for college.
May. 3rd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
"Soda" or "coke". From Virginia.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Is the use of "Coke" as a generic for soda a Southern thing?
May. 3rd, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
According to my roomie, countessaleska, it is (she grew up in the South). She says people will even say things like, "I'll have an orange Coke, please," which sounds a little surreal to my Western ear . . .
May. 3rd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
yeah, in the South it seems to be all "Coke" the way some folks call any copy machine a "Xerox" or any vacuum a "Hoover"
May. 3rd, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yup! That's just how we roll down South. I can't speak to the larger SE region, but in Atlanta, this is definitely the case.

I rather suspect it has something to do with Coca-Cola being invented here, and the founding family being a huge part of the city for many years. :)
May. 3rd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Think so. Conversation: I'm getting a Coke. You want one? Yeah, a Dr Pepper!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
I call it soda. (Currently living in NJ; raised in NYC suburbs.)
May. 3rd, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I've always called it pop, and I'm from Ontario.
May. 3rd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm in Florida and we call it soda
May. 3rd, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
I was raised in Oregon and, amusingly, grew up calling it "soda pop." Consequently, I refer to the stuff interchangably as "soda," "pop," and "soda pop." They all sound fine to me. *shrugs*
May. 3rd, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)

It's called that in Long Island where I was born, and in the Philadelphia, PA area where I now live.

You move west in Pennsylvania, and it turns to "pop" but in Eastern PA it's Soda.
May. 3rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I live in Atlanta, GA, and around here the default for a tasty carbonated beverage is "Coke." This is regardless of what brand or flavor you actually want.

Second to "Coke" is "soda." I'm from Western New York (west of Buffalo, along Lake Erie)originally, where "pop" is the default, and I get strange looks down here whenever I use the word.
May. 4th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
In certain parts of New England, all "soft drinks" are called "tonic."
May. 5th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I'm originally from Iowa where we said "pop".

In San Francisco, were I've lived for the last 20 years, we say "soda".

It makes for funny times when I visit my parents in Iowa C:
May. 6th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
I've always said "pop".

I'm from Wisconsin.
May. 11th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
When I lived in Ohio pop. When I lived in Nevada soda.
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