Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Pop, Soda, Coke

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I’m always interested when the great soda-pop-coke debate gets going. Having grown up in a bastion of urban dwellers who refer to carbonated beverages solely as pop, and then having traveled to New York at the impressionable age of fifteen years old, I discovered that there are people in the world (and not a small number of them) that refer to pop as soda, or even, gasp, as coke. Would you like a coke? Yes. What kind? To me that was unfathomable. And yet, here’s a beautiful map, and article, that finally puts the debate to rest. It doesn’t matter what you believe. It only matters where you grew up.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is great...

When I was younger, if someone asked for a soda, the waitress would bring a glass of carbonated water and baking soda with a spoon... Then I moved North to Illinois where the mysterious Pop was introduced... Then we moved further north where it was refered to as soda pop...

Now I am in Missouri where either soda or pop are used... I miss the ladies who would ask you what kind of coke you wanted in stead of looking at you crazy when you ask if you could have a rootbeer coke.

Rachel and Scott said...

Now I feel better! I grew up calling it "pop". Was laughed at during a visit to FL in my college years - they call it "coke" which made no sense to me - I'm a Pepsi drinker. So I made myself call it "soda" so I wouldn't sound like a hick.

Graceful Threads said...

Coke, we call all various forms of fizzy sugary gut rotting carbonation Coke.

Me said...

I have to say when people call Sprite by Coke, I'm lost...Cute article and rings so true (from a soda girl!)

The Archaeologist said...

wow, what you discover every day... and here i am teaching my adult students to say 'carbonated drinks'...

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