Eating Styles: Soft Drink Terminology Edition! Sam December 16, 2010 Eating Styles, Soft Drinks 19 Comments This one is simple – what do you call this stuff? Being a Minnesota native at a Wisconsin university, this debate comes up (pathetically) frequently in everyday conversation – all the Wisconsonites call it â€œsodaâ€ while my Minnesota peeps and I stick to calling it â€œpop.â€ Working in fast food, I also encountered a fair amount of southerners who insisted on calling it all â€œCoke,â€ regardless of what they actually wanted. Iâ€™m turning it over to you, So Good readers. Do you call it pop, soda, or coke? Or maybe youâ€™re a plus-60 holdover who still calls it â€œsodypopâ€ (do those exist?). Or maybe you’re part of some pointlessly rebellious club that secretly calls it “spedoinkle” or “cattywampus.” Then be a good representative for your district (or club!) and explain in the comments. [poll id="132"] On a side note, check out this U.S. mapÂ of generic names for soft drinks by county (courtesy of popvssoda.com). Itâ€™s a little outdated, but how often do they really do this kind of research? The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Sam My name is Sam and all I care about is food. Latest posts by Sam (see all) Quick Bite: French Toast Crunch - March 8, 2014 Eating Styles: Would You Eat Horse Meat? - November 18, 2013 Deep Fried Everything Ep 153 - November 14, 2013 19 Responses Lady Callahan December 16th, 2010 Surely you’ve seen this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/scott/pop-vs-soda-map And don’t call me Shirley. Reply Brandon December 16th, 2010 It’s not like you ignore all brand names when you use “Coke.” It’s a replacement for the word “soda.” “Let’s go get some Cokes.” Reply Geena Stepp December 16th, 2010 soda pop! thats what my friend marissa calls it… Reply Jennifer December 17th, 2010 Personally, I would call the two pictured sodas CRAP. I don’t like the aftertast and Zero just tastes like a flat diet coke. Reply Holly Norton December 17th, 2010 I call it cola. Reply Steve December 17th, 2010 Can’t believe you didn’t add “Soft Drink” itself as an option. Reply Marie December 17th, 2010 Soda holds true on the East Coast too. Being a transplanted Minnesotan living in Delaware, the debate waged on…soda vs pop. Sadly, I was in the minority in their fair land. I had to pick up my belongings, diet Coke in hand and move back to the state that nows my language! Reply Marie December 17th, 2010 Okay, so I can’t type! KNOWS my language! Ugh. I think I need a diet Coke… Reply El December 18th, 2010 Soda, even though I’m a pretty hardcore Chicagoian. Why? I don’t even know, but hearing ‘pop’ grates my ears. Reply Peter December 18th, 2010 I grew up in Oregon and we always called it pop. I think that’s pretty common for the Pacific Northwest. Then after living in California for 3 years, where it’s mostly known as soda, I adopted that as my name for it. Reply Eick December 18th, 2010 This vote is breaking down about exactly how I thought it would – slight majority for Soda with a bit more support for Pop than Coke. Reply harleytexas December 18th, 2010 I called it pop all my life until I moved to Texas, now it’s soda because most people I said pop to either didn’t know what it was or said I was a yankee….not a yankee!!!! lol Reply Marilyn December 18th, 2010 Also born and raised in Minnesota, I call it pop. However, no one in the northeast knows what that is…or they laugh at what they consider is an incorrect regional slang word. So I have learned to refer to it as soda. Reply Raiders757 December 24th, 2010 I live in Virginia, and for the most part, when one says “Coke”, they are referring to Coke, Pepsi, RC, and the likes of. Flavors such as Sprite, Cheerwine, and Root Beer are called “soda”. Reply Alana December 27th, 2010 I’m well familiar with that debate. I grew up on the MN/WI border (on the correct “pop” side of the divide). Now I live in Scotland, where everyone calls it “juice” and after 5 years here, it still makes me cringe. Reply Polish Mama on the Prairie December 27th, 2010 I call it garbage. We don’t drink that stuff. Reply Anne Wilkinson December 29th, 2010 Also born and raised in Minnesota, I call it pop. However, no one in the northeast knows what that is…or they laugh at what they consider is an incorrect regional slang word. So I have learned to refer to it as soda. Reply G April 8th, 2011 Ginger. Its a Scottish thing. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.