What do you call a sweet bubbly beverage?

If you’ve ever traveled within the U.S. and tried to order a sweet carbonated beverage, you’ve probably been misunderstood and confused. Depending on where you are, a soft drink might be called any number of things: coke, soda, pop. Ask anyone which is the right word and they will vehemently defend their preference, but why do people who speak the same language use different words in the first place?

This variation in vocabulary is an example of regional dialects. What is a dialect?  You may have heard this word being used in a pejorative manner, to denigrate someone who speaks a certain way. But it actually has a complex definition and does not mean simply a bad variety of speech. Technically, there is no such thing as a bad variety of speech. Any linguist would tell you that there is no such thing as “normal” language, rather every dialect is a variation.

Broadly speaking, a dialect is a particular variety of speech used by a specific group of speakers. If that sounds vague, it’s because many things fall under the umbrella of dialect. Usually, dialects are variations within a language. They are often mutually intelligible, meaning that people who speak different dialects can understand each other. A Texan and a Minnesotan, for example, would have no trouble holding a conversation, even though they might secretly think the other person sounded funny.

Regional dialects, or dialects based on regions of land, are some of the easiest to distinguish because they are tied to physical locations. There are many regional dialects in America, ranging from very broad (“Southern”) to extremely specific (“Bronx”). You can probably name some of the broader ones, like Southern, Midwestern, and Eastern. As for the great pop/soda/coke debate, check out the map from the Pop vs. Soda survey that shows which words feel right to speakers of different regional dialects. Midwesterners and Northwesterners prefer pop; Southerners say coke; and Easterners and Southwesterners ask for soda. So the right word to use depends on your location.

In fact, regional dialects in the United States are so specific and discernible that linguists at the University of Wisconsin along with the American Dialect Society have spent over thirty years compiling the variations within American English. The fifth and final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English will be published early next year, and an online version is expected in 2013.

The word pop originates from the popping noise of a cork. Soda is a shortened form of soda water, which makes soft drinks bubbly. Coke, of course, comes from Coca-Cola (which is still based in Atlanta).

Which word do you use? Are there any other words you have noticed varying by region?

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Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England) June 13, 2007 THIS time last year, Lisa Duffy was looking forward to spending Fathers’ Day with her dad, Danny, who’d been pestering her for his present for weeks leading up to it.

Fathers’ Day was a time when the whole clan would come together at the family home in Netherley and Danny would finally be given the gifts that Lisa and his two other children, Danielle and Donnie, had bought him.

But this year there will be no gathering at home as a gunman with murder on his mind has deprived the Duffy family of a dad to spoil on Fathers’ Day.

On November 20 last year, Danny was gunned down as he walked home after finishing work at Child wall golf course.

Although he did have criminal convictions to his name, Lisa insists her dad had turned his life around. Nuns at St Gregory’s parish say he was a good friend to the church and he regularly put on firework displays for local children.

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“I find it impossible to say out loud I haven’t got a dad anymore.

“Our dad meant the world to us he was by no means perfect, nobody is, but he was one of the funniest people you could meet.

“Dad was always telling us to make the most out of our lives and not to make the mistakes he made.

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“I called in to see him at the golf driving range and when I left I gave him a kiss and a hug and told him I loved him.

“If I’d have known that was the last time I was going to see him I would have hugged him and never let him go.

“The following day I was at my home and my partner took a call saying dad had been shot but at that time I didn’t know he was dead.

“Then my partner received another call saying dad had died and I went into shock.

“It’s a hard thing to accept that he is dead and I still can’t say he was murdered – I say ‘when it happened’.

“It’s something that will haunt all three of us for the rest of our lives.

“One day, I was sat on the train on the way home from work and his favourite song came on and I sat staring out of the window with tears streaming down my face.

“Nobody expects to lose their dad in the way we did.” The only hope that Lisa has that some good may come out of her own family’s tragedy is that anyone tempted to turn to gun crime might think twice about it having seen the pain it has caused her family.

She says: “I find the rise in gun crime in this country terrifying and I would hate for anyone else’s family to go through what we have been through.

“If, by doing this article, it preventsjust one person losing their life then it will be a job well done.

“To have to live the rest of your life without your dad is heartbreaking and my heart goes out to anyone who has been through the same experience as we have, whether it be their dad, son, brother, sister, partner, wife or husband.

“You always expect that one day you will have to arrange a funeral for one of your parents but I never thought I would be doing it for our dad when he was only 46.

“I am angry that human life can come so cheap. It’s not just someone dying, it’s murder – someone pulls a trigger and someone’s life is over just like that.

The last time I saw my dad he was lying dead on a bed in the hospital and we never got to say goodbye or tell him that we love him for that one last time.

“Our family have been robbed of a very special person.” Case continues MERSEYSIDE police are still hunting Danny Duffy’s killer.

Detective chief inspector Karen Cummings told the ECHO: “My sympathy is completely with the Duffy family. I would appeal to anyone who may have information to come forward.

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  1. jamie -  February 21, 2016 - 6:13 pm

    “POP” Upstate NY, City of Rochester.

    • Lenny noslo -  October 26, 2016 - 6:05 pm

      I live in Minnesota and I put some thought into this and there’s different categories of different soft drinks that I categorize them in and these are just my opinion and not facts.
      I consider pop to be Mountain Dew or mellow yellow or maybe even a Dr Pepper any kind of soft drink that is a mixture of flavors.
      I would call a Coke or a Pepsi , cola
      I place these types of drinks into the soda category . Fruit flavored soft drinks like orange ,grape ,strawberry ,and root beer even a cream soda ,hence the name.
      I place any of the clear sparkly drinks like 7-Up Sierra Mist, Sprite and ginger ale into the soda pop category
      A carbonated flavored water I call a seltzer .
      A bottled water a waste of money
      And energy drink a total waste of time and money.

  2. Nicole -  July 28, 2014 - 7:52 pm

    I’m from Texas, and we typically say “soda.”

    • esteban -  March 2, 2015 - 3:07 am

      Im a born and raised Texan. It was mainly just referred to as coke or soda where ever I was. But then I moved to Oregon and caught flack from friends and co workers all the time. Cause they use Pop or direct name. I still do every now and then. Lol. Honestly…. Coke is my drink of choice so in my mind, I’ll ask for a Coke but if u don’t have that specifically I guess i’ll take anything u got, so long as its not diet.

    • Sean -  January 10, 2016 - 8:02 am

      From Atlanta. We call all types Coke.

  3. ChrisT -  March 20, 2014 - 1:40 pm


    • Rt -  October 26, 2015 - 11:12 am

      You are mean

  4. wolf puncher and tree tamer -  March 20, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    the intolerance on display in this thread is the reason the world has been at war since people crawled out of the dirt. you all should be ashamed of yourselves

  5. geox666x -  March 20, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Now the question is really just when do we get barred from this service.

  6. Michael -  January 1, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Waco, TX. Soda water

  7. Somebody -  June 3, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Soda and Pop are both the shortened form of Soda Pop.

  8. Rae -  June 3, 2012 - 10:22 am

    I, personally, call it carbonated caramel-colored fizzy water. AKA, diet caffeine-free coke.

  9. SODA!!!!! -  June 3, 2012 - 10:21 am

    It’s SODA!!! End of story. Put the book away. There are no other terms allowed. … Now go to bed. Seriously, just SODA.

    • Janice -  July 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

      It is called pop

  10. Mysterics -  June 3, 2012 - 8:24 am

    I also tend to call drinks according to something more specific, like lemonade, cherryade and cola, maybe a brand name if the taste is a bit more brand-specific.

  11. mysterics -  June 3, 2012 - 8:21 am

    I call it fizzy drink :p

  12. zolie -  June 3, 2012 - 7:06 am

    Wanted to add this. The reason some folks call it “coke” to mean any carbonated beverage is the same reason we all call a pain relief pill an “aspirin”. The word aspirin was originally a brand name of a pain reliever, as in Aspirin with a capital A – a proper noun, in other words. When people had a headache and wanted relief, they asked for an Aspirin because that was the pill that was available to relieve their headache. In time, the brand name came to mean a pain relief pill in general, so the common noun of aspirin was born.

    We have done the same thing with the word Band-Aid, which started out as a brand for bandages, and still is. When people had a cut they asked for a Band-aid and so again, the common noun of bandaid was born of a Proper noun.

    • Amanda -  February 15, 2015 - 4:47 am

      This logic is similiar to glass cleaner being called “Windex.” We studied this in my psychology class. It’s interesting.

  13. zolie -  June 3, 2012 - 6:52 am

    I’ve lived in Texas all my life (53 years) and I have never heard a Texan asking for a “coke” when they want a Dr pepper or a Pepsi or some other carbonated beverage. Likewise, I’ve never had a waitress ask me “what kind?” when I ask for a Coke. I’ve lived in the southern parts of Texas, the middle parts, and the northern parts and I’ve always heard people ask for a soda by the actual name.

    In my experience people who call it soda or pop are not particular about the flavor or brand they drink. They are willing to drink them all, even if they have a preference for one over another.

    My mother and I are huge Coke drinkers – we do not care for Dr Pepper or Pepsi or any other flavors – so when we ask for a “coke” we mean a Coke and only a Coke. If we ever do want a Dr Pepper or Pepsi, we will ask for a Dr Pepper or Pepsi, not a “coke”, lol.

    • Kathleen -  November 27, 2015 - 1:06 pm

      This is definitely not typical for Texas though. Most Texans I know will ask if you want a Coke, when at home among friends or family, and then follow it up by asking what kind. I agree that we ask for drinks by their formal names at restaurants though. The casual use of the word “Coke” is more for informal settings like at home.

  14. Mimi -  June 3, 2012 - 6:43 am

    I’m from North Carolina-the Piedmont-Triad area to be more specific. I’ve often heard that we southerners call soft drinks “Coke,” no matter what kind it is. I’ve NEVER heard it called that no matter what part of N.C. I’ve been in-unless you’re talking about an actual Coca Cola. Everyone I know (or have been around) simply calls them “drinks.”

  15. ead -  June 3, 2012 - 2:50 am

    i live in ohio and we use both terms however most people prefer pop. i like saying pop too. last year went to Houston Texas and when i said “pop” everyone said ur out of time…. obviously yes ’cause i don’t have the thick Texas accent.

    • Janice -  July 25, 2015 - 5:02 pm

      I know right! Same here!

  16. Kayla -  June 3, 2012 - 1:07 am

    I’m from Texas and we call it “coke” at more comfortable settings. Yes, it may be seemingly incorrect to call a “sweet bubbly beverage” a “coke”, but it is just the way most traditional southerners learned the term. I live in a big city, Houston, and most of the people around me would call for a coke (even though we may only have sprite) when they want a soda. However, at restaurants, we do name the exact brand of soda we do want. If all else does not seem right for the setting, we just call the beverages “sodas”.
    Just a little insight from a southerner. (:

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  18. JC Anne -  June 3, 2012 - 12:24 am

    Carbonated Water is a REAL nice way of saying it…and a good way to annoy people too! A typical conversation:
    -”Are you drinking Carbonated Water?”
    “Sure. I guess so”
    -”I LOVE Carbonated Water…especially the Orange Flavored Carbonated Water”
    “You mean Orange Soda?”
    -”YUP!!! But I like saying Orange Carbonated Water. Did I mention the other flavors too? There’s Strawberry Flavored Carbonated Water, Apple Flavored Carbonated Water, Peach Flavored Carbo-”
    “Say Carbonated Water one more time and you won’t be able to drink your Carbonated Water again”

  19. JC Anne -  June 3, 2012 - 12:16 am

    From where I come from, coke and soft drink is what we call them, even Sprite and Dr. Pepper is called coke. When I visited my hometown and called it sod so my cousins told me, “You ARE American now”. The stores also sell the soft drink in little bags closed with a rubber band at the top and a straw inserted at the opening of the bag….I miss that bag

  20. Jon -  June 2, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    I’m a Filipina and tend to use soft drink. :) I totally love that term.

  21. jmcc -  June 2, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    FIZZY DRINK! Duhhh…… (Or Soda-Pop)

  22. anon -  June 2, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    i think that with the rise of the internet age and new technology, people are starting to all sound like one another, so that is possibly why a lot of people call it soda

  23. Rebecca -  June 2, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    From Michigan, call it pop.

    • Lisa -  September 14, 2015 - 9:57 am

      From Ohio..It’s pop

  24. Nicholas -  June 2, 2012 - 6:36 pm

    This is true pop-culture! I’m in Anchorage AK and I hear a lot of the varieties mentioned including: soft drink, soda, soda-pop, pop, and carbonated beverage. However, I don’t hear people saying coke. And I can understand why. What happens when you want a pepsi coke? That doesn’t make any sense at all. Personally I think I’m going to start calling them corn juice. One of my professors often complains that Americans are adverse to neologisms. But if he poked his head out of the cloud of academia for just a minute and looked down upon the language of popular culture, slang and regional dialects he would quickly realize that we love new words for old things, and we go through them quite fast.
    …. As a side note dictionary.com’s spell checker wants me to capitalize ‘pepsi’ but not ‘coke’. Plus one for the southerners?

  25. GH -  June 2, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    In New England, they say “tonic”.

  26. Kurt -  June 2, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    I’m from New Zealand and I call it fizzy drink. If i was at a restaurant I’d be like, “hey baby, hook me up with a glass of fizzy”

  27. Jenny -  June 2, 2012 - 4:42 pm

    I call them “drinks”. I live in Canada. :)

  28. Evie -  June 2, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    I’m from New Zealand. ‘Soda’ means carbonated water, which usually gets mixed with alcohol. Coke, Fanta and Lemonade are soft drinks or fizzy drinks or if you’re a cute little kid with a strong Kiwi accent, ‘fuzzies’. If I went into a restaurant and asked for a pop, the waitress would probably think I was sexually harassing her, or maybe after a lollipop.

  29. Margaret -  June 2, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    I’m from Michigan (go blue) and we say pop. So when my sister moved out to go to college in Virginia they mistook her for saying “pot” instead. So whenever she asked where the pop machine was, they thought she was saying “pot machine” and kept wondering why they would have those in Michigan.
    Also, if you go out of state and go to a restaurant, as if they have any Vernor’s. It drives them crazy every time.

  30. Chea -  June 2, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    I’m from Mississippi and in the south we would just be direct. You either want a coke, a sprite, a mountain dew, a dr. pepper, etc. I moved to the midwest and I’ve only JUST noticed the fight over terms. I don’t know why I assumed that these dialects were completely based on region, but in the midwest states, people genuinely and often fight over whether it should be called soda or pop. No matter how I say it, I’m constantly being corrected.

  31. diva -  June 2, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    americans luv soda, am i right ?=)

  32. diva -  June 2, 2012 - 11:59 am

    i live in miami, florida and we dont care what it’s called all we know is it tastes good. we call it soda or coke whatever we feel like calling it at the time

  33. Sodas Bad 4 U -  June 2, 2012 - 11:34 am


  34. Katia -  June 2, 2012 - 9:08 am

    I live in Massachusetts, and it’s always been soda for me. I call it coke when I want a coca-cola!

  35. Ann lee -  June 2, 2012 - 9:05 am

    A Coke by any other name would taste just as sweet!

  36. Eric -  June 2, 2012 - 7:45 am


  37. cateco -  June 2, 2012 - 7:02 am

    I’m from Ohio, living in the Northeast–I call it soda pop, to cover all the bases

  38. Datta -  June 2, 2012 - 6:57 am

    I am from India and I call it carbonated drink

  39. Dave -  June 2, 2012 - 12:54 am

    In northern New England (the US New England) we called carbonated beverages “tonic.”

  40. Ruffian -  June 1, 2012 - 10:41 pm

    I am an Indian so I will call it as Goli Soda!!!!

  41. Ruffian -  June 1, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    why cant I call it as pop soda but I m an INDIAN we will call it as Goli SODA!!!

  42. Jac -  June 1, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    I’m an oddball when it comes to this — I use different words randomly. Sometimes I use “soda.” Sometimes I use “pop.” Sometimes I even use “soda pop.”

    “Cola,” on the other hand, is something I only use to refer to, well… colas.

  43. Sharon -  June 1, 2012 - 8:25 pm

    Also want to add:
    Only in the South will you ask for a coke and the server will ask you what type of coke. :)

  44. Sharon -  June 1, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and we call all carbonated beverages Coke. I believe it is because Coke-a-cola was invented here. I personally call it soda because my dad is from New York and that is what he calls it. ^_^

  45. midwest -  June 1, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    Everyone I know calls it soda or soft drink. Pop? No. That’s silly.

  46. Tay -  June 1, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    I’m from Minnesota and we call it pop yes, but I have also heard soda and soda pop here. While abroad they called it gased

  47. Celia -  June 1, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    I’m from Canada. Toronto, if you must know. Not an igloo. But most people call it Coke or Pop. No one says soda. Or very few people do.

  48. nhman -  June 1, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    still tonic in my mind here in so new hampshire but it is dying fast and being replaced with soda

  49. johnnyroxs -  June 1, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    I call it soda, fizzy, coke, soft drink, cold one and pop

  50. Limey -  June 1, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    I live in Australia and we call it soft drink

  51. Grace -  June 1, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    I call it pop. I’m from Canada. As far as I know everyone here calls it pop, but if someone said soda I wouldn’t think it odd. Usually when I refer to soda I say cream soda as in the “Crush Cream Soda”. Soft drink is usually what it’s called on restaurant menus. Sometimes I just call it a bubbly or fizzy drink. I don’t even like the bubbles… I rarely drink pop due to the fact that when I burp after drinking it, it hurts my nose :(

    In the book “The Outsiders” by SE Hinton there’s a character named Sodapop. Hmm… maybe I should start calling it sodapop, a mix of both… ;)

  52. Autumn -  June 1, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    My grandpa calls them egg creams.

  53. 2nd -  June 1, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    I used to call it soda but I went to Canada for a while and called it pop. Now I’m in the Southeast and call it soda but everybody else calls it coke.

  54. JOSH -  June 1, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    I call it soda. Pop is a sound, coke is coca-cola, cola is Pepsi or coke

  55. leeroy jenkins -  June 1, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    In Atlanta we just call it Coke, everything is Coke here in Atlanta, the home of Coke!

  56. BuddhaJane -  June 1, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    LOl i’m from Houston,Tx live in Cali now, but i never noticed that when someone would ask me for a “coke” i would automaticaly ask them “what kind?” until one day my H.S. economics teacher who was from Boston pointed it out that ppl in the south do this and “coke” is actually a “kind” of soda. I never really ask for it as it’s not good for you so i don’t drink it…unless there’s liquor in it of course. ;)

  57. Maddie -  June 1, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    I live in Nebraska, always have, and here, the most common phrases are soda and pop, but NEVER soda-pop.

  58. Siobhan -  June 1, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    I’m from Oz and we call it Soft drink or fizzy drink, but if we want to be shorter, we write the specific brand , ie coke, pepsi, lemonade, fanta etc. Person The-Person, we’ve been calling it fizzy drink, yes, that definitely makes the most sense.

  59. Amy -  June 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    If you are entertaining visitors in my neck of the woods, it’s good manners to offer them a co-cola…. ;)

  60. Greg Clancey -  June 1, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    It’s funny, the term “soda” sounds like medicine to me and “tonic” sounds like a fun drink.

  61. Greg Clancey -  June 1, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    My guess is that “tonic”, the expression unique to Northern New England, has it’s origin in the early commercial claim that the bitter syrups used to flavor the carbonated water had medicinal benefits, since it was little more than tea made from plant roots. When sick, my mother always made us drink Coke Syrup, a non carbonated thick and sweet concentration of Coca-Cola as a remedy. Actually, it only made you feel worse, but it was nice to have Mum taking care of you!

  62. Greg Clancey -  June 1, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    In Massachusetts, we never call it “pop”. Young people say “soda” because of fast food restaurant parlance. Our usual (and now old-fashioned) term is “tonic”.

  63. Noah -  June 1, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    SODA PEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111!!!!!!!!

  64. L -  June 1, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    i thought the article was supposed to refer to why NYC banned ‘bubby beverages’ and it said nothing about it

  65. Simi -  June 1, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    I call it all three. It just alternates depending on which word I happen to select at the time. My mother though had a similar issue when she was with a friend who asked what sort of drink she wanted. Saying, ‘coke’, her friend quite literally brought her a Coke. It confused my mom and that was when she realized that there were different variations for such a simple item.

  66. me8 -  June 1, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    I grew up in the South (GA & AL), and everyone around me always called it soda. Maybe it’s because I grew up around Atlanta, where there are so many people from other places that almost nobody under the age of 30 has a Southern accent (I don’t). Everyone on TV always calls it soda, and when I moved up here to PA, everyone still calls it soda.

  67. Nichole Visnesky -  June 1, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    i live in nc where people call it soda, but im from pittsburgh where they call it pop, i personally refer to it as the label reads :)

  68. George Adams -  June 1, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    I grew up in Michigan, where everyone I knew called it either “pop” or its brand name. “Soda” was something entirely different, usually ordered at a soda fountain, and concocted, I think, from carbonated water, flavoring, and ice cream.

  69. Sylvia -  June 1, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    I am from Maryland. We all call carbonated beverages “soda”. Most often though we say the brand name of whatever type of soda it is that we are asking for. Simple.

  70. Sameer -  June 1, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I call it soda.

  71. Brice Burnside -  June 1, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    They should call it Swoba.

  72. Jenn -  June 1, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    According to dictionary.com, it is neither pop, soda, nor coke. It is soda water or soda pop.
    In Connecticut, we call it soda. I’ve never heard of it being called “coke.” I’d get a strange look if I called it anything but soda.

  73. Irene -  June 1, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Here in Canada, we say “pop” mostly and “soda” is uncommon. We never say “coke” unless we’re ordering Coca-Cola from a restaurant, as the term “coke” only pertains to the Coca-Cola drink. An order of Sprite, in this case, would not be “coke” but “pop” or “soda.”

    But mostly “pop.”

  74. Ebony -  June 1, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    i almost always say pop (im Canadian), but sometimes i accidentally say soda if i have been watching american cartoons (DP FTW) lo.

  75. Sam -  June 1, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    I knew this neighbor from Ohio, she moved to Texas and she invited me over to her house. She asked me for Pop and I was totally clueless until she showed me the bottle and I laughed so hard. I told we called that Soda.

  76. Johnny Deigh -  June 1, 2012 - 11:58 am

    I call it American Champagne.

  77. Larry -  June 1, 2012 - 11:57 am

    I grew up in Georgia and it’s always been Coke. When I was young, I drank grape coke, orange coke and just coke. For some reason, I never understood, I did drink root beer, though.

  78. Dan -  June 1, 2012 - 11:42 am

    I am from Ohio, and I refer to the beverage as pop. One of my friends calls it soda because she was originally from Maryland. I also detest when Southerners say coke to refer to any carbonated beverage. A large majority of the people in the South and their “way of speaking” have terms and words that are quite vexing to me. In conclusion, I refer to the beverage as pop, but I am aware that different people accredit different words to different things.

    P.S. Many of your comments have several grammatical errors.

  79. anonymous -  June 1, 2012 - 10:59 am

    I call it soda or coke or soda pop it doesn’t matter whatever comes to my mind first by the way i’m from california

  80. Svinny -  February 28, 2012 - 4:55 am

    I am from New Zealand, and I call it either fizzy drink or soft drink. I live in Australia, and this is one of the things that Kiwis and Aussies agree upon. (Oh, and by the way, Americans, ‘kiwis’ are people/birds, ‘kiwifruit’ is a fruit.)

  81. Person The-Person -  February 26, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    changed my mind. fizzy drink makes the most sense. Cheers to Ged the Australian for figuring that out.

  82. Person The-Person -  February 2, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    In my opinion, soda is the most sensible term to use for a few reasons, not that I’m against using a different denomination than soda or anyone who does so, everyone and every place has it’s own ways and preferences. I’m just pointing some things out-and if you’re going to make the choice of what you would call it, then here are some ideas. There’s nothing you shouldn’t call it(except for coke, and the reasons for THAT are listed above)

    Soda is easy to say and write, and it’s simple. 4 letters, 2 syllables, that’s it. Appellations such as soft drink, carbonated-beverage, soda-pop, and the ones even LONGER than that are just too annoying to write out. We Americans are lazy, at least a good deal of us. But seriously if you like to save space(which I do) and you’re writing about soda, anything that’s so long it needs a dash or space, is just not gonna cut it.

    The same things apply to the terms sugar water and soda water, except these make even less sense. When you say soda, we all already know what you’re talking about. Why add another word AND a dash? And seeing as “soda” is not really sugar-water, it’s flavoured and carbonated as well as sweetened and the sweetner isn’t right out of a bag of granulated Domino’s sugar as that expression would have you believe, it doesn’t make sense that much sense toto call it sugar-water, a long name, because then you may as well call it carbonated beverage which is even more specific. Most drinks, almost all drinks, have water and sugar in them, but not that many are carbonated. Besides, what if you, say, go to a restaurant and want soda. You ask for sugar water, and that’s what they give you-a glass of water and some sugar mixed in. Yeah, there IS a difference. (Between “soda” and just plain sugar-water

    You may now be thinking ( if you’ve actually read through my comment, and actually thought about it)”If soda is such a good term because it’s concise, then why not just use “pop” or “fizzy?” It is true that fizzy is the same as soda in length, and pop is even shorter, by a letter and a syllable(and technically those terms in a way have even less letters, because fizzy has 3 DIFFERENT letters and pop has 2 DIFFERENT letters, whereas soda has 4 DIFFERENT letters). The problem with these terms are that they’re not very specific, either. When you say the word “pop” you may think “Did the bread “pop” up from the toaster yet? Oh, your arm “pop”ped from it’s socket? I’m “pop”ping “pop”corn”. And when calling soda a “fizzy” it sounds like you’re using an adjective, not a noun. Like saying something IS fizzy, not something IS A fizzy. Or maybe someone will just mishear your and think you said “frizzy” instead. But either way, these words already apply to something else. One is a verb, the other an adjective. English already has enough instances where a word has multiple meanings and parts in speech. We don’t need another one, or two, OR three.

    So yeah, I say soda. Even though it’s actually not my favorite term, it’s what I’m used to, and I would say that it makes the most sense to be called that.

    Just offering my opinion.(My LONG one :P)

  83. Person The-Person -  January 29, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Well I just don’t see how calling all soda(or all pop or soda water or whatever else people call it these days) “Coke” would make sense. First of all, coke is short for a company. But all soda isn’t necessarily produced by them. So if you’re drinking soda that isn’t coke(coca-cola) product then it doesn’t make sense to call it coke.

    Secondly, coke is also a specific flavour of soda(here’s another reason not to call soda “coke”; you have to explain whether you’re speaking about the company or the soda itself). So, seeing as coke is only one flavour of soda, why would you say you’re drinking coke if it’s really an orange soda, or sprite, or ginger ale, or root beer? That’s dishonest!(lol jk) You’re not drinking coke flavour OR coke product, so why lie? If you’re drinking orange soda(as an example), that is not produced by the coca-cola company, why call it coke? It has no relation to the term coke, other than the fact that they’re both sweet carbonated beverages.

    ALSO, when you say coke, it kinda sounds like your not talking about a beverage….
    lol so if you walk into a shop with illicit drugs and a soda machine- or fridge with sodas(not knowing that they sell the former) then ask the guy manning the shop for some coke….let’s just say it might not end well-especially if he gives it to you, then the police walk in at right after.

    jk! but seriously why say coke, which could be referring to cocaine, when you have at least two or three other perfectly good names for the substance-nothing wrong with soda or pop or soda-pop or soda water, why use coke?

  84. Mackenzie -  January 29, 2012 - 11:06 am

    I’m from North Texas and we call it soda or coke or pop . . . truthfully I don’t think matters as long as I get my soft drink! :)

  85. Hamachisn't -  January 28, 2012 - 8:03 pm

    Here in NJ, everyone I know calls it “soda”. I’d like to know how “soda water” got that name. Doesn’t “soda” come from “sodium”? Is it because carbonated water occasionally contains salt (sodium chloride)?

    There are also different words for plain, carbonated water: “seltzer”, “seltzer water”, “mineral water”, and “soda” are some.

    A friend of mine has been collecting words for a couple of things:

    - the name of the night before Hallowe’en. We’ve heard “mischief night”, “goosey night”, and “gate night”.

    - the name of a sandwich made on a long, narrow roll. We’ve heard “sub” (short for “submarine sandwich”, “hoagie”, “spiedy” (pronounced like “speedy, and “po’-boy” (short for “poor boy”).


  86. Ged -  January 16, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    None of the words actually make much sense anyway. Soda came about because sodium salts were added to carbonated water to mimic effervescent mineral water. There is no soda in “soda” anymore (except of course soda water, which is not a sweet drink). Pop??? What pops? Soft drink – makes a bit of sense because it id distinguished from “hard” alcoholic drinks (but that can include juices and other beverages). “Fizzy drink” makes the most sense of any. I say soft drink, but that’s only because I’m Australian.

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  88. someone -  December 19, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    i call it soda cauz soda sounds cool ‘pass me a soda brah’

  89. Monica -  December 16, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    I used to live in Iowa where the word “pop” is used. Then I moved to Arkansas where “soda” seems to be used just about as much as the term “coke.” We went to the theater once, and I asked for pop. The man behind the counter gave me popcorn T3T”

  90. V9 -  December 16, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Soft drink, soda, and pop, are all interchangeable, and can refer to the same drink (even among different flavors or brands). However, if you use the word ‘coke’ to describe something other than cocaine or coca-cola, then you are just stupid.

  91. Helen -  December 14, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    Soda, definitely soda :D I grew up on Long Island (New York), and everybody called it soda and I honestly did not know that it was called pop (which I figured was a lollipop, though I had heard a few people call it soda-pop) until maybe the seventh grade. But I have to admit that my mother has the very annoying tendency to call it ‘soder.’

  92. Nyantales -  December 6, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    Ending the debate once and for all: If you want a coca-cola say “coke” if you want a mountain dew say “dew/mtn. dew” . if you’re looking for a Ski say “ski”. if you prefer pepsi call it pepsi. if you’re a Dr. pepper fan call it Dr. pepper.

    Say the name of the specific carbonated beverage you want and stop with this “pop” “soda” and “coke” thing once and for all.

    though if you want to use these words be respectful and use the word of choice for the region. if you’re in Chicago say “pop” if you’re in St. Louis say “soda” and if you’re in Texas say “coke” its that easy.

    If you can’t stand the dialect keep it to your self and order water, or is that gonna cause an argument as well?

  93. Samantha -  December 4, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    I am from Western PA. I call it pop: always have, always will. :-) I went to school in south central PA and I called it pop. Everyone was stunned and I believe somewhat appalled and I was immediately corrected with one word: Soda. Now I live in DC, and if I say soda by accident, I will correct myself and “excuse me, I mean pop.” =)

    The only exception I will make is with Faygo, because it is not pop, it is Faygo–in a category all of its own.

  94. Joy -  November 23, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    I call it “pop” or “pepsi” or exactly what the beverage is, like “Fanta,” “Sprite,” or whatnot. I’m from Ohio (so it seems to be a northern/Great-lakes thing to call it “pop”).

    And I don’t actually care what they call it. I know there’s more than one way to say it, and as long as I heard what they said, they get a bubbly refreshing drink of their choice.

  95. Tabatha♥ -  November 23, 2011 - 9:16 am

    im from Frost Texas and we would say soda or the name of da drink. and now here in Kentucky i hear people say POP alot and i think as if the soda is going to pop open IDK?….. soda for me is a carbon drink…. …

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  97. cookie -  November 23, 2011 - 9:12 am

    justin no one cares about were your from we could care less

  98. Lindsey -  November 23, 2011 - 1:01 am

    I’ve never had a soda/coke/pop, so I’ve never really had a reason to say it. I don’t know what I’d call it. I don’t know what most kids in my class say, because I don’t “hang out” with them.

  99. Anonypissed -  November 23, 2011 - 12:46 am

    The next thing any one of you votes because it profits you but jeopardizes any others, then
    You’re a traitor..To humanity.

    So don’t tell anyone. But remember

  100. Mary -  November 22, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    When I lived in CO Springs, I called it pop. In WI , Appleton it was called Soda or occasionally pop. I grew up to call it either way, though I called it almost exclusively soda when I lived in Milwaukee. Now in MN, it is called pop. I guess I now sort of randomly call it either soda or pop.

  101. Justin -  November 22, 2011 - 11:12 am

    I generally refer to it as soda-pop. I’m not sure if everyone here does, or if I just did that on my own. I’m from Utah.

  102. toniwashere -  November 22, 2011 - 9:17 am

    In my particular area of North Carolina, they call sodas “drinks.” For example “Do you want a drink?” “No, I’ll just have water.”

  103. UNBALIVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!! « sf49ersdotcom -  November 22, 2011 - 3:36 am

    [...] you may call a sweet carbonated beverage coke, pop or soda. (Read more about that fraught debate here.) In other cases, the common, or colloquial, definition does not match the technical, scientific [...]

  104. Archon -  November 22, 2011 - 12:21 am

    I went into a car dealership down south and said, “I want to buy a Ford!” “Yessir, what kind of Ford do you want to buy?” “A Chevrolet.”

  105. Ivar -  November 20, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    Why be so exclusive? When I am in the states I refer to it has soda-pop, which is what my mum taught me (She was born and grew up in Darien, CT). However, when I lived in England it was mostly pop or soft drink, and the same goes for here down under.

    And coke/cola for anything other than the actual Cola (I can happily call pepsi, Coke too) variety of soft beverage seems to me very odd…

  106. Isabella -  November 20, 2011 - 11:07 am

    POP all the wayyy….honestly…i dont care what it’s called…no one does…it’s just the taste everyone wants!

  107. Dean -  November 20, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Its POP babaaay !

  108. Archon -  November 18, 2011 - 11:46 pm

    @ creamy

    If you wern’t hearing poorly, or someone wasn’t pronouncing poorly, your “bomies” came from bromines, or “bromies”. The chemical Bromine was added to plain water to produce the carbon-dioxide fizz. This would be for immediate serve at soda fountains only. It was almost impossible to bottle and keep. I believe the process went out of style before cans were perfected.

  109. another screen name? -  November 18, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    For all you people swearing up and down that calling all carbonated drinks “coke” until further delineation is insanity, consider this:

    “Coke” is an abbreviation of “Coca-Cola”
    Coca-Cola is based in Atlanta
    Atlanta is a major hub in the South
    Coca-Cola makes a variety of drinks in numerous flavor categories, some also produced by other brands, and some unique

    So… technically, a Sprite is a Coke.

    As for the sweet-tea, unsweet tea, yeah, that drives me insane. You don’t unsweeten tea. Either you sweeten it or you don’t. But if you order an iced-tea without specifying, and the server doesn’t ask, be sure, you will get a sweet iced-tea.

  110. another screen name? -  November 18, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    I’ve moved around a lot, and now I travel a lot. To avoid the potential confusion, I just order what I want. Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, ginger ale, etc. If I wanna ask what’s available, I’ll say soft drinks in English speaking countries. Depending on the country, the best option may be to have them list the non-alcoholic beverages or just ask if they have what you want.

  111. Daniel -  November 17, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    I’m from the hills of Tennessee where it’s usually called coke among the baby-boomers and younger. The older folks might say soda, soda water, or soda-pop (soda often pronounced like ‘sewed-ee’), or dope (plural dopes).

  112. Lisa -  November 17, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    This is hilarious…! Yes, Jackii & Rus, Trinis now generally refer to it as soft drinks….. though many are still stuck on ‘sweet drink’. You can look up Trini dialect in a publication called “Coté çi Coté là” by John Mendes…. very interesting. Personally, I try to keep off those ‘carbonated drinks’, but yes, soft drinks it is in Trinidad…(W.I.)

  113. Theresa -  November 16, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    I’m from Gadgetzan and we call it “tar.”

  114. bnj -  November 16, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    I dont understand why people use “pop”. there are so many ways “pop” can be interpreted. but i can think of only one for soda. unless someone maybe says something like…”So, Duuuuh.” But whatever, you say “make love”, i say F***.

  115. Jason -  November 16, 2011 - 11:50 am

    HAHAHA well out here in Utah I’m used to hearing it called “soda-pop”!!

  116. clark -  November 16, 2011 - 10:21 am

    I live in PH and in the province here we call it COKE when you order one you will receive a PEPSI.

  117. Rico KG -  November 16, 2011 - 6:05 am

    I love beer with soda its better than having beer by it self

  118. Sigrun Schulz -  November 15, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    Where I grew up in Winnipeg, MB, we called them soft drinks, although I didn’t know until much later that it was in “opposition” to hard drinks like whiskey, gin, etc. Here, in Ontario, we usually say pop, and wherever I went in the U.S., we were asked about sodas.

  119. Teeny -  November 15, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    It’s POP !

  120. Edward B. Connolly -  November 15, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    I grew up in Philadelphia PA, which is the center of the universe and the standard for all that is right and proper. We always called it “soda”. Still do. “Soda” is unambiguous. If some kid had said he wanted “pop”, we would think that his mother was a widow.

  121. Irene -  November 15, 2011 - 11:45 am

    I spent most of my life in the SF Bay Area. Here I recall calling it soft drink or coke.

  122. Dazed -  November 15, 2011 - 11:19 am

    In England it’s fizzy drink all the way or just the name like cola, pepsi, sprite, lemonade etc.

  123. ahmed -  November 15, 2011 - 11:18 am

    we Arabs said soda

  124. NotJoeMamma -  November 15, 2011 - 11:12 am

    I was born in Spokane, WA. I have lived in four cities in WA. Linguistics is one of my hobbies. It’s definitely ‘pop’ in Washington, hearing soda tips the listener off to a more southern ‘manner’ or ‘lexicon’. That having been said, we don’t especially care. We know what you mean. :)

  125. April -  November 15, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Coke for the win! Here in Texas everyone calls every soda “coke.” I was shocked when I first heard someone say pop. I mean, what a ridiculous name. Since I learned of the three variances, I decided that soda is the best term, but still say coke. “What kind of coke do you want? We’ve got Dr. Pepper, Sprite, and Root Beer.” Haha and I’m a waitress, too.

  126. Hercules -  November 15, 2011 - 11:06 am

    North easterners are weird anyway! They shouldn’t count!

  127. Atticus -  November 15, 2011 - 11:05 am

    I’m from Tulsa and everyone calls it pop.

  128. ksiumster -  November 15, 2011 - 10:49 am

    I noticed some people call it soda pop

  129. Austin -  November 15, 2011 - 10:49 am

    I’m from FL and I say soda for a generic term, but may address individual sodas such as Mountain Dew by name. I dislike the use of the term “soft drink” because that should be a distinction indicating an absence of alcohol. Apple juice and water are soft drinks as well. Pop sounds funny, but I know that it’s coming when I visit the midwest.

    “soda pop” is a great compromise, but in the name of brevity that one’s ruled out as an alternative.

  130. Paula -  November 15, 2011 - 10:43 am

    When I ask people what they want to drink, I’ve called it pop and soda and coke (included dr. pepper) and co-cola and soft drinks, at least the cokes without rum in them. My Dad called it sodi-pop. I am originally from the mid-south, where we are southern and western, but not southwestern and not midwestern.

  131. Tim -  November 15, 2011 - 10:39 am

    In New Zealand, we call it fizzy drink! ;)

  132. Ashley -  November 15, 2011 - 10:31 am

    omit that second “is” please and thank you!

  133. Harry Mason -  November 15, 2011 - 10:31 am

    Meine Brüder sind mein Unglück.

  134. Ashley -  November 15, 2011 - 10:30 am

    It’s is clearly pop! Unless your up north then they call it soda, but they talk funny anyway, so there’s that. #Arkansas!#

  135. Paul Oliver -  November 15, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Raised in So. California, “Coke” was generic for any soft drink. You would ask for a “Coke,” and they would ask you what kind of Coke? Could be root beer or anything elese…

  136. Amanda -  November 15, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Really, people bother to judge each other for their use of the pop/soda/coke descriptor? That’s absolutely absurd. The article did explain regional dialects right? And how linguists don’t place one above the other? They did, right? There is no argument that can make the use of any of those words any better than the rest. Geez.

  137. Julz -  November 15, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Its Deff called pop where i come from!!!

  138. benny -  November 15, 2011 - 10:09 am

    im from new orleans and dwn here we call it cold drinks. old people call em soft drinks iono why aint nothing soft about them lol but i think this is a better term

  139. Its me duh -  November 15, 2011 - 10:04 am

    I call it soda pop duh lol

  140. Nathan -  November 15, 2011 - 10:02 am

    I’m from Pittsburgh and I say POP

  141. Bernard -  November 15, 2011 - 9:53 am

    I call any caffeinated drink “coke.” Doesn’t matter if it’s a Dr. Pepper or a Sprite. I live in the south, so I must be weird. Everyone seems to know what drink I’m talking about [since usually I'm pointing at it but still] so I guess it’s okay. Even if it’s wrong. If it is. I don’t really know.

  142. PamSekula -  November 15, 2011 - 9:51 am

    I grew up in western NYS (near Rochester, NY): soft drink beverages were called “pop.” “Sodas” were a fizzy beverage (like seltzer) and ice cream (with a squirt of flavored syrup)! The more places I visited, I understood that it certainly depended on what you asked for: soda, pop, coke, or whatever. My grown children moved to Florida and started calling it “soda.” Here, a “coke” is CocaCola, but at the Chinese restaurant where we eat, a “Diet drink” is requested as a “Diet” and it is cola syrup mixed with carbonated water. (I drink plain water with a lemon wedge there!)

    What I usually request when out-of-state is, “Could I have a soda, or pop, or soda pop, or whatever you call them here?” And then hope they serve Pepsi or Diet Pepsi! (at the Chinese restaurant, they say, “Oh sure!” and just bring what they have, I think. (see above)

  143. Lizzie -  November 15, 2011 - 9:50 am

    They’re not called soda, pop or coke – they’re called FIZZY DRINKS. :)

  144. Curt -  November 15, 2011 - 9:46 am

    NO ONE goes into a restaurant and orders a “soda/pop/coke” unless that person is on a different variation of the third word, or is trying to be annoying.
    The waitress asks you apathetically, “Aaaannd what to drink?”
    To which you reply, “Diet Coke/ Mountain Dew/ …”
    Only a Jerk would order a “soda/…”

  145. Nathan -  November 15, 2011 - 9:46 am

    i say Dr. Pepper cause i don’t drink another pop well i guess i would say pop but if i’m going to the store and getting something to drink i say i’m going to go grab a Dr.Pepper

  146. Hannah -  November 15, 2011 - 9:44 am

    I am from michigan, and I call it pop. It’s not that big of a deal here, everyone just calls it whatever and we know what they mean.

  147. Kate -  November 15, 2011 - 9:32 am

    For me, it varies. If I’m at a friends place, I ask for ‘soda’. If I’m at a diner or restaurant, I use ‘soft drink’.

  148. Brit -  November 15, 2011 - 9:28 am

    I actually looked this up a long time ago. Originally, the word for such a beverage was “soda water.” So, techincally, that would be the correct term, or shortened to soda. I refuse to the say the “p” word as I feel it sounds ignorant.

  149. Lyle -  November 15, 2011 - 9:25 am

    I called it pop in my youth. Now I call it soda and when I go home and hear “pop” it sounds funny.
    I’ve noticed that name for the trunk of a car varies in different regions. Some places I’ve heard it called “the boot” of the “auto” or car.

  150. Heather -  November 15, 2011 - 9:13 am

    I call it “pop” – but I’m from the Northeast. Does that mean I have to move?!

  151. cmari -  November 15, 2011 - 8:50 am

    soda is weird

  152. cmari -  November 15, 2011 - 8:49 am

    i call it pop but my friends call it soda it sounds weird and i was just studing thin in school

  153. Pamela -  November 15, 2011 - 8:47 am

    I’m oringally from Michigan where it’s called pop. I now live in Pennsylvania where it is soda, but I refuse to give in on that one even after all these years. It is still pop for me. People just got used to me, I guess.

  154. Annie -  November 15, 2011 - 8:26 am

    I call it soda…….

  155. Mark -  November 15, 2011 - 8:12 am

    Terms can vary only by a few miles.Here in Buffalo,New York,It’s Pop.
    In Syracuse,New York it’s SodaPop(i’ve been corrected on this),and in New York City,it’s(and always has been), Soda.

  156. Elizabeth -  November 15, 2011 - 8:12 am

    @ Brian:
    In NE Ohio, you get made fun of for calling it anything but pop. “Excuse me, may I have soda please?” “Look at you, all sophisticated! You want a pop right?”

    Ikr? I say pop, but when my friends and I go out we always order soda and the waiter/waitress will always smile at us and say “What kind of POP do you want?” :)

  157. Storm M -  November 15, 2011 - 8:11 am

    Ayee! I was born and raised in Michigan and WE call it “Pop” for some odd reason. Xp But heyy it just Sounds better! (: Soda is so plain…. Anyways Have a Great And Popilishouss Day!

  158. cnmjms -  November 15, 2011 - 7:49 am

    In west virginia it’s called POP! (:

  159. Jennifer -  November 15, 2011 - 7:38 am

    In the South (Alabama) we often call them cokes, even though you might be drinking a Dr. Pepper or Mt. Dew. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “I’m going to the store to get some cokes. What kind do you want?” Silly, really.

  160. stanley clarke wyllie -  November 15, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Growing up in Florida, I called it coke. As I will be 76 on sat., it may be because nothing else was hardly available depression and war yrs. (WWII). There are generic drinks from supermarkets now, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper , and Root Beer, etc. If you go into pizza joints, or other dining establishments, you will probably get whatever drink they carry, if you order coke, it might be Pepsi, or Coco-Cola. I generally ask either for lemonade (which is usually the manufactoried version or root beer. My favorite 1946 and shortly thereafter, was Welch’s grape juice in bottles, which one generally doesn’t see now. I still prefer the taste of bottled coke to the canned .

  161. creamy -  November 15, 2011 - 7:30 am

    I call them sodas but brooklyn the cheap sodas we call the bomies.

  162. Jill -  November 15, 2011 - 7:00 am

    In the UK we call Coca-cola ‘coke’, Pepsi-cola ‘pepsi’, Sprite ‘sprite’, 7-up ’7-up’ – in other words if the brand is well-known we use the brand name. Otherwise (for a generic drink, eg a store brand) we would just use ‘cola’. As a whole, as others have said, these types of drinks are either ‘fizzy drinks’ or ‘soft drinks’

  163. Vinod Sharma -  November 15, 2011 - 6:56 am

    In India, we go by the brand name Pepsi, Coke, whatever. Soda is the carbonated liquid that people generally make lemonades with.

  164. Emily -  November 15, 2011 - 6:39 am

    @constancebonacieux – You don’t know anyone who speaks with a Minnesotan accent because everyone you live around speaks with a Minnesotan accent. Duh.

  165. Christine -  November 15, 2011 - 6:35 am

    Where i’m from we call it POP.!!!

  166. Tyler -  November 15, 2011 - 6:31 am

    i call it Coke :P

  167. Pegasus -  November 15, 2011 - 6:30 am

    @ blackntan

    FYI, up here in Canada, most people refer to your “poppers” as “juice boxes”, probably because that is likely what they contain. (Well, at least, that is what they are marketed as containing, although if you check the ingredients you might be surprised to find how little actual juice some of them contain!) Pop is the prevalent word for soft drink, although you will hear “soft drink” almost as much. Using the term coke will inevitably get you a Coca-cola, except at Pizza Hut, where the waitress will smile and apologize and ask if Pepsi is okay instead.

  168. maximonk -  November 15, 2011 - 6:00 am

    When I was growing up in Scotland, we called these drinks ‘lemonade’, so a conversation could go like:- “May I have a lemonade?” “What kind of lemonade?” “I’d like an American Cream Soda please.” American Cream Soda was the full official name of that delightful variety.

  169. Matthew -  November 15, 2011 - 5:57 am

    I would honestly prefer to call it soda, but I’ve been told [could be a rumour, could be a stereotype] that soda is the American word for a “soft drink”.

    I’ve a habit of calling it pop though I’d prefer to call it soda…. I just never remember to.

  170. danipanny -  November 15, 2011 - 5:47 am

    We were visiting my aunt in texas and one time we were out and my dad was going into the store at a gas station. My cousin asked him to get a coke and when my dad came back with cocacola my cousin said he wanted grape! My dad was like What?!?

  171. Night -  November 15, 2011 - 5:45 am

    I’m from North Texas, and everyone here calls it ‘soda’.

    Pop just sounds so ODD. Haha!

  172. iliana paola nunez -  November 15, 2011 - 5:33 am

    I am from Venezuela I learned English when I was 2 and I have taken thousands of courses so I can speak my English without an accent and its SODA!

  173. Ozzibert -  November 15, 2011 - 5:30 am

    In Australia the only thing called “coke” is Coca Cola. Anything else with bubbles, is called “cool drink” or “soft drink” unless of course it’s alcoholic, and then it could be called anything.

  174. candlerbeth -  November 15, 2011 - 5:11 am

    And to the uppity Yankee Scattered Frog, Southerners call soft drinks “Coke” because Southerners revolutionized the soft drink industry. It’s OK to be jealous…

  175. candlerbeth -  November 15, 2011 - 5:08 am

    I’m from the South, and I’m proud of it. Conversations regarding drinks down here go something like this:

    “I’m going to get a coke. You want one?”
    “What kind do you want?”
    “Dr. Pepper.”

    Easy enough. :)

  176. Jessica -  November 15, 2011 - 5:05 am

    I prefer to use ‘carbonated beverage’ despite the usal language convention of coke and fizzy.

  177. ccrow -  November 15, 2011 - 4:52 am

    I grew up in New England, and we always called it ‘soft drink’… as opposed to ‘hard’(alcoholic) I suppose. I remember thinking it odd when I heard my SIL refer to it as ‘tonic’. Now I have joined the apparent majority and call it ‘soda’.

  178. Rus -  November 15, 2011 - 4:33 am

    Am from Windsor Canada and we call it a “Pop. Now am working in Trinidad and Tobago for the last three years they call it a “Soft Drink”. Hey… Six of one Half a Dozen of the other.

  179. Ridgee -  November 15, 2011 - 4:13 am

    I call it soda.
    I say coke when I’m asking for Coca – Cola. xD
    My mom’s friend from Kentucky calls it pop. o:

  180. Marc -  November 15, 2011 - 3:57 am

    Me again
    Calling it a “coke” is another fine example of trade name stealing, like calling a copy a xerox when it’s not made by the Xerox company. I wonder that Coca Cola doesn’t take some kind of legal action (like Xerox does) although I don’t know how it could do any good. Kleenex is also fighting this battle on their tissues.
    Fine examples of trade names that were lost to common usage are: aspirin (Bayer lost that battle), and Kiwi fruit (originally a trade name from New Zealand for the Chinese gooseberry)

  181. Jess -  November 15, 2011 - 3:42 am

    I usually call it soda, but I grew up in north Indiana where eeeeveryone I know says pop, so every once in a while I’ll randomly say pop instead.

    I was so confused when I went to a restaurant in Texas and they asked me what kind of coke I wanted! I usually hear soda out here in California, but I’ll be moving to Georgia very soon and I’m hoping they don’t use coke for everything.

  182. Resa -  November 15, 2011 - 3:29 am

    No “soda pop” or “soft drink” variations to speak of? This study/article makes me feel like I’m the only person who feels natural using different words for the same thing. I’m from Tucson AZ, and I’m told we do have a very notable accent here. (Aside from half of every conversation you overhear being in Spanish.)

    @ KingHywel
    lol “tonic” … I’m gonna have to add that to my repertoire now. Never heard it in this context before, but I like. :-)

  183. Hanny -  November 15, 2011 - 2:39 am

    I live in Turkey and we use “soda” whenever we want some bubbly drinks. Coke in here is used as, or I use it like that, Coca-cola, but there some people who refer to soft drinks as coke.

  184. Shane -  November 15, 2011 - 2:31 am

    I’m from Philippines…we often call it soft drinks or coke…heheheh but for me i just call it coke…

  185. Jane -  November 15, 2011 - 2:16 am

    I’m from Melbourne, Australia, and I call them fizzy drinks, soft drinks or mainly just whatever type they are. Coke (coca-cola), lemonade, orange fizzy-drink/fanta, pub squash/ lemon squash/lift/solo. Often just their colour.

  186. Ponyboy -  November 15, 2011 - 2:09 am


  187. Vince -  November 15, 2011 - 1:39 am

    Excellent topic, I am from the UK and I can confirm that due to our overinflated vocabulary, we invented a word for each new type of sweet bubbly beverage, e.g. for ‘Coca Cola’ we would say ‘coke’ and for Pepsi we would say ‘alternative coke’ etc. However, during the vocabulary standardisation push in the late 80s, we actually tried to generalise the term for ‘sweet bubbly beverage’ and used descriptions which were based on physical characteristics or attributes of the drink, so ‘Coca Cola’ became ‘US imported bubbly brown juice’. This meant that it was very simple for children to learn at school but then all confusion reigned when people tried to differentiate between Coca Cola and Pepsi. This then lead to the sweet bubbly beverage eradication push of the mid-90s where the UK Government banned all drinks which were not sufficiently different from drinks already on the market, which is why we in the UK have a wide range of different coloured drinks (think Irn Bru vs Lemon Fanta vs Sparkling Water) but limited strength in depth.

  188. Ellen -  November 15, 2011 - 1:21 am

    In Australia, I’ve only heard people call the cool or fizzy drinks, or if it’s Coca Cola then Coke. Or really just the brand name, most of the time.

  189. sarah -  November 15, 2011 - 1:05 am

    i’m from Australia and i call it soft drink…. :D

  190. Loura -  November 15, 2011 - 12:57 am

    Yeah, in Australia and NZ (i’v lived in both) we call it soft drinks or fizzy drinks but in south afrika (where i was born) we called it cool drinks. BTW im only 13…. uprooted much?!

  191. Jim C -  November 14, 2011 - 11:45 pm

    Within 100 miles of St. Louis it’s called soda. Made the mistake once of going to Chicago and asking the store clerk where their soda was? She directed down the aisle to the club soda and tonic water.

  192. Jean -  November 14, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    in Pittsburgh we all say “pop”. I guess we’re the only ones in the Northeast!

  193. AngelWings88 -  November 14, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    * call

  194. AngelWings88 -  November 14, 2011 - 11:20 pm

    I think that everyone should be able to call it whatever they like, as long as people are familiar with the terms. We are not limited to certain words and we all have the rights to cal it otherwise, as long as we know what we’re ordering, we all should be fine.

  195. madeline -  November 14, 2011 - 11:18 pm

    I’m from Philippines, we called it “in can” bcoz usually softdrinks here are bottled.. ^^

  196. Sinamon -  November 14, 2011 - 10:58 pm

    not sure why anyone would call it “coke.” that’s a specific brand. i guess it’s fine if you actually want a coca-cola but what if you want a carbonated beverage that’s NOT a cola? what do you say?

    as for someone who said that another dialectical english word is FRIES v, CHIPS. that’s not a regional difference as it is a totally different country’s difference. the US calls it fries, the UK (and maybe other euro countries) call it “chips.” there’s also CHIPS v. CRISPS, again between the US and the UK.

  197. DictionFan -  November 14, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    Packs: The most common form of packaging for soda cans are 6pack 12pack and coolers

  198. isaa -  November 14, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    i’m from south tx as well and every living person I know calls it soda… however, in colorado my waitor asked me if i meant pop so… i dont know but i call it SODA AND MY FAVORITE IS SPRITE! :D

  199. katherine -  November 14, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    we call them soft drinks in Australia :)

  200. DictionFan -  November 14, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Pop-the sound that comes as a result of “popping” a cork
    Soft-The soft drinks are “soft” after all, they do contain sugar and all that weird stuff you can’t pronounce that are soft in their dry form
    Soda- It is soda…
    Tea-Some forms of this carbonated sugar are actually generic version of real hot tea, eg: Iced Tea by Lipton
    Coke/Coca Cola- The largest brand/manufacturer of sodas in general is Coca Cola, period.

  201. GOLEAFSGO -  November 14, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    in canada, we call it pop. anyone who says soda is immediately recognized as american. although western new york and michigan also call it pop when ive visited, which is cool – all geographically close. soda probably makes more sense though. but we have different uses of the word iced tea. once in minnesota, i got a cold cup of tea brought to me. i learned that when ordering in the U.S., you need to say sweetened iced tea. :P

  202. Nats -  November 14, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    We used to call it soft drink or coke..PH

  203. blahblahblah -  November 14, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    I have always called it soda-pop! and as a result my friends, wherever they would be from understood what I was talking about. Coke has always reffered to an illegal drug cocaine. I wont even call a coke-a-cola coke, in fear of it being misunderstood. xoxo-Denver

  204. Danielle -  November 14, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    I’m from New Zealand and we call it fizzy here, or if we are referring to a particular type we just call it by it’s brand name.

  205. anonimoues -  November 14, 2011 - 8:54 pm

    my grandparents came from israel one summer and when they order “chips” the waitress got confused. it was hilarious

  206. Kat -  November 14, 2011 - 8:51 pm

    Saw something on Youtube where these two English guys were talking about “soda” and “pepsi”.
    “What the hell is a soda?”

  207. A!3x -  November 14, 2011 - 8:50 pm

    by the way, which face looks silly and which one looks angry?

    =P >=0

  208. A!3x -  November 14, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    actually we call it by it’s name, but if they are all the same, or you don’t care what you get, it’s soda.

  209. Archon -  November 14, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    Up north they refer to iced tea, (not ICE tea) down south, it’s called sweet tea, even if it has ice in it.

    Add running shoes, or runners to tennis shoes, (tennies).

    @ blackntan

    some folks call them tetras, or tetra-paks

  210. Kim -  November 14, 2011 - 8:31 pm

    I’m from New Zealand, we generally call them fizzies or fizzy drinks. I call only Coca Cola ‘coke’ as i am bias, but all colas seem to be called ‘coke’ here *cringe*
    thanks to scattered frog for that insight to ‘coca-cola’

  211. Logan P -  November 14, 2011 - 8:29 pm

    Soda – Southern IN

  212. katie rees -  November 14, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    I have been all around australia and I come from a true family of mixed Aussies from all around, but when moving to tasmania in 2005 my family and I found that many Tasmanians call soft drinks, Cordial, reasoning that cordial is a water based drink that you mix with a flavoured syrup, and that it does not specify whether it is fizzy or not.

  213. Frieda -  November 14, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    I’ve heard them called ‘fountain beverages’, and ‘drinks from the fountain’ in restaurants.

  214. MaeganBrashea -  November 14, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    I’m from Snead, Alabama and I call it coke along with everyone else here. If we want Coca-Cola we say Coca-Cola otherwise we call all of them cokes.

  215. Brian Branch -  November 14, 2011 - 8:03 pm

    I rather thought pop was from when soft drinks came in a glass bottle and you popped the top (see really old teen movies). As such I’d think it’d be pretty strange to call the modern soft drink a pop.

    Tonic is something that’s had a swirl of alcohol.

    Btw : As an Aussie, its soft drink, or sugar flavoured water.

  216. A!3x -  November 14, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    in california it’s almost always soda, but if its coca-cola, then coke

  217. CatC -  November 14, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    I live in California not to far from San Francisco and if you were to ask for a coke they would give you a coca-cola, no question. Soda is the general word used, but you hear soft drinks too.In my family we have an inside joke that involves “something cool to sip upon” so that’s just what’s used in our house. Wow my family is weird :)

  218. Elizabeth -  November 14, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    From Alabama and most people here say coke. For instance the sentence “I’m going to get a coke” doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting a coke, you could be getting a mountain dew or dr. pepper. I sometimes say soda, but never pop.

  219. Total awesomeness -  November 14, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    I say soda.Or pop.Or the thing I only get once a week.Usually,I’ll just say the name of it though 0 0

  220. BonafideView -  November 14, 2011 - 7:26 pm

    Grew up in Minnesota calling it pop. Reformed in California and call it soda. If I ask for a coke, the answer is often, “We only have Pepsi, is that ok?”
    Another word that uses various regional descriptions is a drinking fountain. Some folks call it a bubbler.

  221. Lee -  November 14, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    So I learned from this that unless your container comes with cork, you’re being highly irrational calling it pop.

    Also, Louisvillian of 25 years here. That map is messed up. Barely anyone calls them all Cokes here; it’s either “soda” or “soft drink”.

  222. Timbo -  November 14, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    Well, I feel like a bit of a dip: the linked map very clearly illustrates the point I was trying to make about New York State. It’s even more pronounced than I would have expected! (No pun intended.)

  223. Elly -  November 14, 2011 - 6:36 pm

    I call it sugar-infused evil but I’m from California. To each their own I guess.

  224. Timbo -  November 14, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    It’s funny: I live in upstate New York and attended a state school in the Rochester area. “Soda” vs “pop” debates were always a fun pasttime for us in college. There is a line somewhere between Syracuse and Buffalo — probably just east of Rochester — where the Eastern “soda” meets the Western “pop.” I normally think of New York as an East-coast state, but this line must illustrate something about the history of the state: Buffalo’s strong connection via the Great Lakes to the Midwest and Albany’s connections to the rest of the East Coast… interesting stuff!

  225. Emma -  November 14, 2011 - 6:23 pm

    Where I’m from, we call it Dr.Pepper. No ice. In a can. Thats what the cool kids drink.

  226. Alex Lucken -  November 14, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    I call it all three

  227. Nick -  November 14, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    I’m from North Carolina and I have been all over the state and I have honestly never heard of anyone calling soda, coke. Sometimes people refer to getting a soft drink by saying something like “hey, lets grab a coke” when they don’t actually mean to get coca cola specifically. No one here calls it pop, nor anywhere else that I’ve been. I think pop is a northwest/midwest/canadian thing and soda is everywhere else. Maybe the really country/redneck southerners use coke. IDK.

  228. Emma -  November 14, 2011 - 6:06 pm


  229. Nate -  November 14, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    I live in Cleveland, and most people here say POP

  230. james -  November 14, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    Anyone call it soda-pop? I combine them.

  231. ann -  November 14, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    im from canada and i call it pop! but i knnow people in the states call it soda! :P

  232. FairfaxCounty,VAPerson -  November 14, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    I see that Virginia is one of the more diverse states (in terms of saying soda/pop) but I am from the Northern VA area and I have met absolutely NO ONE who calls it pop.

  233. Tina -  November 14, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    I call it “pop” (raised in Michigan). But have been living in Los Angeles, California for over 15yrs and I still say “pop”.

    When a waitress/waiter asks me what I want to drink, I say I’ll have pop — they look at me like what???

    I once went to a party (and not a big liquor/beer drinker), asked the person who threw the party… “Do you have any pop”? She was like “Pot?!” “You want pot?…. I got pot!” I was like NOOOO!

    I can’t say soda. Sounds weird to me. Pop forever!!!

  234. Melisa -  November 14, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    Im from MN ( GO VIKINGS! ) and everyone i know calls it pop and no we dont all have a ‘minesotan’ accent just sayin

  235. Lola -  November 14, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    I’m from Chicago and I call it soda :)

  236. Elizabeth -  November 14, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Not true. I live in the northwest and we call it soda.

  237. Buds -  November 14, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    i call it paksyet.

  238. Raven -  November 14, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    I’m from Georgia, and 95% of the people I know call it soda. I might know one person here who says coke. If 80-100% of people in the Atlanta area really call it coke, I have yet to meet them.

    I am surprised that the majority of the country seems to call it pop. I won’t be mentioning that to my friend from Minnesota.

  239. MrsBostick -  November 14, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    I live in Australia and we call it, in general, lemonade or soft drink. And then we get specific, like coke or pub squash.

  240. KeleyCat -  November 14, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    I call it soda. But prefer to call it by its specific name.

  241. Joe -  November 14, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    i call it by its name anyway

  242. Joe -  November 14, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    here in Connecticut we call it soda coke comes from coca cola. my teacher was from Wisconsin and she called it soda-pop

  243. Kell -  November 14, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    Yah pop. I feel kinda old saying soda but it really depends what i’m doing and where i am

  244. Gabe -  November 14, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    just kidding everyone

  245. Gabe -  November 14, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    just kidding!

  246. Gabe -  November 14, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    no one cares about grandparents

  247. Bellona -  November 14, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I from California and call it soda. It seems in Michigan they call it Pop though, since that’s what my Grandma always called it and that’s the state she was raised in. I think both work and I was never confused by it since soda is also known as “soda-pop”. I’ll probably never stop calling it soda though, since that’s what I’m used to.

  248. Katie -  November 14, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    I live in Rhode Island and have always called it POP. But when I use this term around anyone here, they truly don’t get it or think its ridiculous. But clearly its Pop, though my mom is from Illinois so maybe that is why I have always called it that.

  249. anon -  November 14, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Were you raised in Minnesota? If so, that would explain why you don’t know anyone with that type of accent.

    From North Carolina here :) We call it ‘Soda’ here in the Piedmont.

  250. timecap -  November 14, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    I grew up in Michigan, and we called it `pop`. Then I moved to California, and everyone said `soda`, so I got used to calling it that. Then I moved back to Michigan, and had to relearn to call it `pop`. Now I live in Japan, where it`s called `cola`.


  251. FREDERICK CLAYTON -  November 14, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Well im from Montgomery and basically lots of people here call it Drink…

  252. Dara -  November 14, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    i live in the northeast and it’s soda- ALWAYS

  253. Melissa -  November 14, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    I am orginally from Pennsylvania and everyone there calls it soda. When I was 16 I moved to Indiana and they call it pop.

  254. Aqillies -  November 14, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    I lived almost my whole life in michigan and my freinds all called it soda, now I live in texas and my freinds stilll call it soda…

  255. David -  November 14, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    Im from Seattle. I have lived here all my life, and it is called pop.

  256. Piper -  November 14, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    I most definitely call it pop! I can understand calling it ‘soda’… (not really) but where did Coke come from? If your not in the south and you ask for a coke, they will give you a coca cola. eww.

  257. Whoa -  November 14, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    I’m from Texas but I moved to Virginia about 5 years ago. I usually call it soda, but I sometimes say coke. Here in Virginia everyone calls it a soda except for my friend from the country, who calls it pop. But apart from her I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else call it pop.

  258. Gabe -  November 14, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    I’m from San Antonio, and I call it soda, as well as pretty much everyone I know, although the map shows that most people in my county (Bexar) call it coke.

  259. Vikhaari -  November 14, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    What’s in a name, soda, pop or cola, all … yaaami and oh so nice though the same liguid having different names can be confusing, thank heaven I am not originating in any of those coke/soda or pop places.
    Thank you, however, very much for the explanations at the last but one paragraph pop (b/c of the pop sound), soda because they add carbonated, CO2, am I right!,… to make it, the drink, fizzy, and the like…
    Thanks it is another great learning and informative piece.

  260. Jerpal -  November 14, 2011 - 3:43 pm

    In Memphis they are called cokes.

    Would you like a coke?
    What kind do you want, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Mt. Dew, RC….?
    Dr. Pepper, Thanks.

  261. Flora -  November 14, 2011 - 3:43 pm


  262. ike -  November 14, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    soda and coke just sound weird, pop is better

  263. Erin -  November 14, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    I live in Seattle and if you go into a restaurant, they ask you what kind of “soft-drink” would you like. I have never heard anyone use the term “pop”. “Soda” is rarely used and if you ask for a “coke” they either assume you mean Coca-Cola or you’re a druggie. You usually specifically order a soft drink by it’s brand name.

  264. Bars Master -  November 14, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    When I managed bars and restaurants in the UK we would get visits from Trading Standards Officers. If they asked for a Coke and you gave them a Pepsi, without telling them you didn’t sell Coca Cola and asking if Pepsi would be ok, they would issue a warning. If it happened again you could be prosecuted and fined. The same happened for any drink ordered by name – you had to explain if you offered a substitute! Just call it by name!

  265. Insert Name Here -  November 14, 2011 - 3:13 pm


  266. Sydney -  November 14, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    I usually call it soda. Sometime I call it pop, though. (:

  267. Emily -  November 14, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    G-Day Mates, I’m Dickinson, Texas, In Between Houston And Galveston and every one here calls it coke. but for me, it depends on how I use it in a sentence. almost all the time I would say coke and sometimes I would say soda. and some times I call it by its name. like mountain dew, or Root Beer. my Mum is an Aussie. I have Been to Australia 4 times now and they call it soft drink. I see why. my dad is from Maryland and he calls it pop. so I also see why. so for me I call it whatever. it depends. I would also like to explain why people speak with different accents but then I would sound to uncool. so yeah. that is what I call coke….. or soda…….or pop…….or soft drink…………. but I almost always say COKE!!!!!!!!!

  268. nattie -  November 14, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    i call it coke

  269. qwerty -  November 14, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    soda duuh i never heard of pop except in canadia

  270. Moboking -  November 14, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    We Americans in Florida we just call it soda or just by its name but haven’t heard anyone say pop or anything like that but I will keep ya posted!

  271. Kerwhop -  November 14, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    My father always called it “belly-wash.”

  272. KHB -  November 14, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    Pop! EVERYONE in Pittsburgh calls it pop.
    at least every I know

  273. DeborahBeeeee -  November 14, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Sorry to say I spent 1/2 my life in St Louis and right across the IL border back and forth and it’s always ‘soda’. Yet the map has it ‘Coke’. No, only if it’s actually COKE.

  274. Baylicallsitpop -  November 14, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    im from ohio and i have NEVER used the term soda.
    its called pop.

  275. Kari -  November 14, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    It’s Coke, doesn’t matter if you’re drinking a Pepsi, it’s still called a Coke!

    Whoohoo! That means I’m Southern! Which I am ;)

  276. zthomasack -  November 14, 2011 - 2:27 pm

    un refresco c;

  277. Kalyssa -  November 14, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Here in Alaska, soda’s the most common term. My mom grew up here though, and she calls it pop.

  278. Fig Smith -  November 14, 2011 - 2:20 pm


  279. ianmiller -  November 14, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Who cares what you call it- it’s a flavored,carbonated drink

  280. cici -  November 14, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    SODA :) from the comments i know that in the northern area it is called pop. in areas farther south (like my state, florida) it is called soda

  281. Austin -  November 14, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    I was born in ohio lived in ohio, virginia, california, and been through all mid and south states from california to ohio. Most i ran into were pop but in california it was soda and in west virginia it depends alot on who the person is but the previously posted flavor optimized carbonated beverage is my favorite.
    (i normally say pop… always)

  282. Joy -  November 14, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    What about “couch” vs. “sofa” or (as my grandmother used to say) “Davenport”?

  283. Dannie -  November 14, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    I call it soda. But the part of my family that lives in Michigan calls it pop.

  284. Patrick -  November 14, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    I call it soda for the general use of the word referring to any soft drink. I use the word coke specifically for Coca-Cola. I have heard the word Pop used to describe a soft drink in Iowa.

  285. Keeps -  November 14, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    Boston – “tonic”. Why didn’t that make the map??

  286. Walt -  November 14, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    Something sweet and bubbly should be called swubbly. BTW, ever notice how people from some midwestern areas pronounce the word “wash” as “warsh”?

  287. Frankie C -  November 14, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    I’m from Missiouri. My dad calls it Sodie Pop. My mom calls it Coke and I call it soda. :) We’re all different.

  288. monkey family -  November 14, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Everybody in my immediate family is from nowhere more than 60 miles from Chicago, and in fact my mother is from Chicago, specifically Bucktown, as is my late maternal grandmother. I alternate between “soda” and “pop,” depending on my interlocutor. My grandmother ALWAYS said “soda.” I once heard an ex-coworker lecture another coworker on calling it “pop,” saying “Here in Chicago, we call it POP!” I told her that my Bucktown-born-and-raised grandmother always said “soda.” My coworker, who is black, said, “That’s because your grandmomma’s white! If she were black, she’d definitely call it ‘pop’!”

    I really shake my head in disgust when Southerners call EVERYTHING “Coke.” Coke is a brand name. Even if it were genericized, it’s called “Coca-Cola” because the two main ingredients in the formula are coca leaves and kola nuts. If the drink doesn’t include coca extract, it CANNOT be “coke” by definition. And it can’t be a “cola” unless it’s made from kola nuts.
    so thats that

  289. Pitt dude -  November 14, 2011 - 1:55 pm


  290. Taylor -  November 14, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    over in chicago the term varies

  291. dcameron -  November 14, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    I also call it by it’s name lol (:B

  292. Dennis B -  November 14, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    Being from the North, having lived in Hialeah Fla, and Mooresville, NC. and now living in the South (Atlanta. GA.) I have heard some of the earlier old timers refer to the carbonated drinks as “Soda Water”,,, but, I call them whatever name is on the side of the box. I usually don’t buy any drinks, as they are very fattening.

  293. Svenjamin -  November 14, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    I like to call it sody-pop. Or, something fizzy to dillute my whisky a bit.

  294. Sadie -  November 14, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Just out of curiosity, those who call it pop, do you ever see national/international commercials that call it soda? What do you think of that?

  295. sherryyu -  November 14, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    acutally ill call some of the soft drinks

  296. JRay -  November 14, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Haha Pop!! :) I think it’s easier. Plus, I grew up thinking it was pop, never heard of soda until later in my little years :3

  297. kbear16 -  November 14, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    I live in Philly and EVERYONE calls it soda! If you don’t you get looked at like you have two heads, and are confused at why.
    So, America was founded in Philly and i think that everyone should call it soda because of that ;)

  298. Nameserver -  November 14, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    What about “soda pop”? The article never really got into it, but that’s the ORIGINAL term used almost everywhere. The regional areas just shortened the name to one or the other. But using the word “Coke” to describe ANY sugary carbonated beverage is just stupid! (Sorry Texans and other Southerners). It makes it very confusing, since Coke is not only a brand name of a specific COLA drink (can’t refer to Pepsi for instance), but since any flavor such as Mountain Dew, ginger ale, orange, grape, 7up, and even Dr. Pepper are certainly not even colas! So I order a Mountain Dew – are y’all gonna call that a “Coke”?

  299. QUAKERGUY -  November 14, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Here where I’m from we don’t use generalities because Goody Proctor says they’re the work of the Devil. So we just call them: Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc..

  300. sherryyu -  November 14, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    i forgot to add “it”

  301. jerusha -  November 14, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    omg when i moved to canada everyone made fun of me for saying soda but i still say it , since i moved back to florida i wasn’t the weirdo who say ” i wanna soda”

  302. sherryyu -  November 14, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    im still calling “soda” bot im more into “PoP” oh well u decide nxt and i mean my 42 friends

  303. Stacy -  November 14, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    It’s pop, everyone knows that. However after moving to Florida, everyone calls it soda here, sadly even my children have been brainwashed…sigh…

  304. Larissa -  November 14, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    I’ve lived in Kentucky and West Virginia. We all say pop.

  305. Kathy D -  November 14, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    I call it soda, mostly. Both terms in my opinion come from the words “soda pop.” When I was a kid, my folks from Oklahoma called it sodi-pop. I think it’s understood no matter what you call it. I always ask for a diet soda.

  306. Dalton -  November 14, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    in NZ some of us call it “fizzy drink” lol

  307. john doe -  November 14, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    it is a carbonated drink

  308. april -  November 14, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    im from NC and most of us call it coke not soda or pop

  309. Boston Bob -  November 14, 2011 - 1:12 pm

    I call it “tonic.” What’s wrong with the rest of you?

  310. Vanessa -  November 14, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Here in the south, Texas, we are used to calling it either Soda or Coke. Coke doesn’t make a lot of sense cause we’re shouting “what flavor do you want your coke?” Not right at all, but its our tradition:) Hahaha
    Soda is dangerpus to health by the way…

  311. Ruby-Anne -  November 14, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Alaska, born and raised. Always called it pop, always will. :)

  312. j adams -  November 14, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Here in deepest Iowa, we usually just ask for it by name. I always say give me a Dew.

  313. dougiebriley -  November 14, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    I call them by their brand name. i.e., mountain dew, coke, pepsi, sprite.
    They do not “pop” in a glass and they are not “soda”.

  314. Sarah -  November 14, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    I call it, “pop”. My understanding is that the official terminology is soda pop or soda water and that soda is the adjective word. Just like we have soda bread and soda crackers, I don’t call them sodas, I call them bread and crackers.

  315. LaLa -  November 14, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Actual conversation between me (southerner) and an older woman I know (Pennsylvanian):

    Her: Hey! Do you drink pop?

    Me: Um- what?

    Her: Do you drink pop?

    Me: Um- no. But I drink soda.

    Her: Yeah, pop!

    Me: What?

    Half an hour later…

    Her: Here’s your pop.

    Me: No! This is soda. Uuughh

  316. vaggtastik -  November 14, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    screw you guys !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  317. Aurora -  November 14, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    Growing up in the South, the conversation went something like this: You wanna coke?
    What kind?
    To this day, I still call all such drinks “coke”.

  318. SpeedyAstro -  November 14, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    I call it soda (and I live in canada). But I usually call it by name.

  319. Ruby-Anne -  November 14, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    I call it pop. Soda sounds weird.

  320. Shelby -  November 14, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    I call it soda, I’m from Nevada I prefer Coke to Pepsi, although I would choose a Dr. Pepper before anything. There, now that I’ve told you that I would just like to say I think it is kind of amusing that some people are debating what the better word is. Honestly, just call it what you want. People will probably understand what you’re saying if you go with the word “coke” as opposed to “soda” or “pop”. And to the person who said we should choose a different word that describes something sweet and bubbly what about an effervescent drink?

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  323. Will -  November 14, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Live in Alberta. Pop. Pop is a better word than soda, because it contains only one syllable. I agree with others that say if you ask for a coke, you’ll get Coke, or a Pepsi if the establishment doesn’t have Coke. You won’t get Sprite, 7-up, Gingerale, Orange, Grape, Fresca, Cream Soda, etc.

    Also, you folks from Massachusetts, I find it odd how you call it ‘tonic’. Tonic refers to tonic water, which isn’t a carbonated drink at all. Pop is pop, it’s not tonic.

  324. TipofTx -  November 14, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    In Texas, many of us refer to it as good ol’ “Soda Water”

  325. Carla -  November 14, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    I grew up in Oklahoma and we called it COKE.
    I now live in Memphis TN and we still call it COKE!

  326. Risen Rose -  November 14, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    im from Louisiana and we call it ” Cold Drinks”

  327. Angie -  November 14, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    In Kansas City, Missouri we call it POP, but in St. Louis they call it SODA, and in Chicago it’s call POP. So the midwest is split on this issue. My southern-born grandmother calls it SODA WATER. Now I live in Belgium. Belgians call it CO-CA (referring to Coke). To me, it will always be POP!

  328. Mr England -  November 14, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Fizzy Drink. Simples.

  329. i wuz here -  November 14, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    me is from georgia we does call it soda in caise u wanted 2 know

  330. Erica -  November 14, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    Soda=stupid and doesnt relate to the carbonation AT ALL. Southerners and northeasterns make no sense. GET A DICTIONARY

    coke/cola=it’s a BRAND not any other type of carbonated beverage

    pop=Relates to the carbonation in the beverages… makes sense.

    IT’S POP! there you go, that’s what all the dumbasses learned today who didn’t know:)

  331. Philosopher -  November 14, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    I love how in the entire article, only one paragraph really answered the title’s question.

  332. Jinga -  November 14, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    When I was a kid we spoke via brand names, so: tissue was kleenex; refrigerator was Frigidaire; and soda was Coke!

  333. HOBO BOB -  November 14, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    I call it pop but my step mom calls it soda so either one will work :)

  334. Clueless New Yorker -  November 14, 2011 - 11:59 am


    Also, I know a person over in Scotland that calls soda “juice”. Confirm/deny?

  335. Ben -  November 14, 2011 - 11:53 am

    In Tennessee you order what you want: a coke, a sprite, a sweet tea. Speaking generically you may say, “let’s get a cold-drink.” That covers all of the carbonated beverages.

  336. Alicia -  November 14, 2011 - 11:51 am

    I’ve always called it pop (from Northeast PA) but I’ve noticed just about everywhere I travel they look at me funny. So I’ve learned to call it soda when I leave town. lol. However, even though about 80% of people around here call it pop, there’s still quite a few soda drinkers in town. Even my own boyfriend calls it soda. I giggle every time he says it though. It just sounds so funny compared to what I’ve grown up calling it.

  337. Connie -  November 14, 2011 - 11:49 am

    Growing up in Central Texas, ALL soft drinks were “cokes”. In San Antonio, I learned to call them “sodas”, which I still do, unless it’s a Dublin Dr. Pepper, then it gets it’s correct name, because they beat any other soft drink, hands down!

  338. W52 -  November 14, 2011 - 11:42 am

    I can’t believe you can post things on online dictionary. I’m bored. It’s study hall. We’re a perfect match!

  339. John -  November 14, 2011 - 11:38 am

    Being from NY, I call it soda. When I want a Coca-Cola, I ask for coke. If I asked for a Pop, I would get a pop in the head. I wish they had a soda that tasted like prussy. I would drink it all day, maybe even give it a few pops.

  340. Park -  November 14, 2011 - 11:31 am

    It doesnt matter gosh!!!! ITS ALL THE SAME

  341. Dave -  November 14, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Sweet Tea is the best but call it by it’s name and youll get what you want.

  342. Howard -  November 14, 2011 - 11:24 am

    Oddly, I know of someone who asks for a “diet” when he wants a diet soda or pop. Just “diet,” assuming the waiter/waitress knows whether he wants a Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet 7-UP, etc. Very weird.

  343. ROBERT -  November 14, 2011 - 11:21 am

    I’m from San Diego, and here, everyone calls it Soda! xD

  344. Mayan -  November 14, 2011 - 11:18 am

    Im from a spanish speaking country, and here we call it “gaseosa”, which means “gassy” hahaha!!! =P

  345. chyenne -  November 14, 2011 - 11:15 am

    i like all they pops in this world now

  346. Bibbs'Mom -  November 14, 2011 - 11:12 am

    “Soft drink” means a drink that has no hard (alcoholic) beverage in it.
    I grew up all over the world and have adopted “soft drink” instead of soda, pop or coke and most people seem to understand perfectly. But when I was growing up, my mother said tonic, my dad said soda, my cousins said coke and others said pop. So it didn’t make any difference, we all knew what each other was talking about and so it was no big deal. But this has been fun to read and laugh about.

  347. Macklin Targoyne -  November 14, 2011 - 11:07 am

    I live in the east now and most of my adult life. Its mostly been coke or soda here. Back in the 80′s I lived in southwestern Ohio, where they called it pop or soda pop. The other more confusing term was rolls were called buns and buns were called rolls? There were many more but don’t remember them!

  348. Stephaney -  November 14, 2011 - 11:00 am

    I’m from Michigan and everyone here calls it pop. I have relatives in Mississippi though, and they refer to it as soda. Everytime I visit them, they look at me oddly when I say pop.

  349. Sean -  November 14, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Look people it’s very very simple. If you call soft drinks “pop” what do you call the carp you children listen too?… besides carp. POP is a type of music, the shortened form of Popular Music.

    Coke, spelled this way, is a white powdery substance rich white people put up their noses. Coka-Cola, is a bubbly beverage made with High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is to say Corn sugar.

    Soda is derived, as the article said, from soda water. Which, if you didn’t know is basically carbonated water, either naturally or man-made. Soda jerks, were people, up through the 50′s that mixed soda water and flavored syrup made by companies like coka-cola, to create a carbonated beverage called… you guessed it, SODA-POP!

    Then as the dialects of the country continued to seperate, even as transportation between regions became easier, the term slowly drifted to one of the three main term, Coke, because it was by and far the most popular soda-pop, Soda & Pop.

    So in closing, it’s not surprising or even odd that people in other parts of a giant nation like the US are “wrong” when asking for their favorite drink in a place that’s not where they grew up. If someone asks for a soda, pop or coca-cola, don’t get rude, don’t get uppity, just give them their god-damn drink and get on with your life.

    Or better yet, why don’t people just start asking “What kind of soft drinks do you serve?” or “Do you have Root-beer?” because really, even a bad root-beer is better than the best Coke (the kind that goes up your nose :P

  350. Expired Cookie -  November 14, 2011 - 10:52 am

    I think it shuld b pronounced soda. cuz how does a sweet fizzling drink get described a pop.

  351. The Sage -  November 14, 2011 - 10:50 am

    The correct full name for the sweet carbonated beverage is “soda-pop” and that is why some call it “soda” while others call it “pop.” “Soda” however is the correct short-form word for it because “pop” only enunciates the adjective that describes the drink. Those who call it “Coke” are just plain retarded inbreeds, because Coke is a specific soda-pop flavor, or if you want to get corporate, is still no more than a brand name of soda-pop – “Coca-Cola” to be precise.

    In short, “soda” is the correct way to shorten it if not saying “soda-pop,” and “pop” means other things as its own word.

  352. Expired Cookie -  November 14, 2011 - 10:50 am

    I Love soda. Sometimes i call it both. in Colorado what do most ppl call it?

  353. Chovie -  November 14, 2011 - 10:44 am

    I call it by it’s name… i.e. Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.

  354. RachelAllison -  November 14, 2011 - 10:43 am

    It’s called pop, though after moving to a different state, nobody here agrees with me on that. :/

  355. Lisa -  November 14, 2011 - 10:43 am

    I grew up in the Northeast and call it soda, but now I live in the Seattle area and a lot of people around here call it pop. It did cause a little trouble when I was working at Walgreens and a customer came in asking where the pop was and I directed him to the candy aisle for lolipops.

  356. Shelby -  November 14, 2011 - 10:38 am

    I’m from South-East Texas, and I call it soda water, even though it catches alot of attention. Other than that, everything’s coke.

  357. Scattered Frog -  November 14, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Everybody in my immediate family is from nowhere more than 60 miles from Chicago, and in fact my mother is from Chicago, specifically Bucktown, as is my late maternal grandmother. I alternate between “soda” and “pop,” depending on my interlocutor. My grandmother ALWAYS said “soda.” I once heard an ex-coworker lecture another coworker on calling it “pop,” saying “Here in Chicago, we call it POP!” I told her that my Bucktown-born-and-raised grandmother always said “soda.” My coworker, who is black, said, “That’s because your grandmomma’s white! If she were black, she’d definitely call it ‘pop’!”

    I really shake my head in disgust when Southerners call EVERYTHING “Coke.” Coke is a brand name. Even if it were genericized, it’s called “Coca-Cola” because the two main ingredients in the formula are coca leaves and kola nuts. If the drink doesn’t include coca extract, it CANNOT be “coke” by definition. And it can’t be a “cola” unless it’s made from kola nuts.

  358. Chanel -  November 14, 2011 - 10:32 am

    We call it Pop here in the Maritimes in Canada, but I prefer using Soda.

  359. Kitty M. -  November 14, 2011 - 10:28 am

    When I lived in Boston, soda was called “tonic”.

  360. Denise -  November 14, 2011 - 10:27 am

    In western Massachusetts, we called it soda. My relatives in Vermont called it tonic.

  361. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  November 14, 2011 - 10:26 am

    Here in ohio most of us call it pop, i was hanging with a friend and asked for a soda and he laughed at me.

  362. Shirasaya -  November 14, 2011 - 10:23 am

    I was born and raised in Cleveland by parents who are from Ohio and Michigan. I say “soda” when referring to a nonspecific carbonated sweet drink and my kids have grown up asking if they could have some “soda”. “Soda water” is the fizzy non sweet stuff.

  363. Jacob -  November 14, 2011 - 10:22 am

    I’ve heard all these derivations of what to call SODA. Tonic is what they called it in old time Massachusetts, and pop from the people from the northern mid-west. Tonic is wrong because it implies it has quinine or healing properties in it which none of the major bands do. Pop used to be the best referral for SODA but that was back when SODA was still in a glass bottle and had a cork. It got the name pop because when you pulled the cork out it would make a loud POP! Soda works best still because it refers to Sodium water which they all still are.

  364. Thomas -  November 14, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Simply put, I call cola cola, ginger ale ginger ale. I don’t generally buy or refer to red pop/red soda, though I guess if I were to, I’d call it Red Pop, so when I’m divorced from my needlessly specific language, I guess pop it is.

  365. brenda -  November 14, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Pop’s a noise, soda’s a drink!

  366. Toxic Cranberry -  November 14, 2011 - 10:05 am

    I just use soda!!! but if i order coca-cola i say coke and if im ordering sprite i say sprite and if im ordering crush i say crush.

  367. joseph -  November 14, 2011 - 10:01 am

    I never been in the States. When I was in Canada, I asked the assistant in a mall for beer. She said in despise: “You must be from the States”. So I learned that they don’t sell alcohol in malls.
    When I say “soda”, I would possibly get washing powder here.
    If I were to get in the States, I would ask for “a sweet bubbly beverage”. And they would say: “You must be reading the “

  368. keoni -  November 14, 2011 - 9:54 am

    people can and should call it a fizzy

  369. Not Lilli -  November 14, 2011 - 9:47 am

    I call it bored, I’m yummy and there’s soda.

  370. BigD -  November 14, 2011 - 9:35 am

    i just say soft drink . . . Except when you are ordering you have to be a bit more specific than just “pop” or “soda”, or whatever. You say Fanta, or 7Up, otherwise you just get any drink.
    And I’m sorry, but “Coke” is short for Coca-Cola.
    Then again, I’m not American, who know what goes on in the States?

  371. Ann -  November 14, 2011 - 9:33 am

    There’s “pop” and there’s “soda,” but there’s also “soda pop”–best of both worlds :)

  372. Jamie -  November 14, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Newfies say “pass me a bottle of drink”

  373. pop lover -  November 14, 2011 - 9:24 am

    i used to call any dark soda-pop a coke, but now i either say the true name of the drink, or just use the word pop. I’m a mid-westerner- from nebraska to be precise- but it doesn’t make a difference around here.
    my mom says soda, but it just sounds weird to me.

  374. Fox -  November 14, 2011 - 9:22 am

    In general, people in the Eastern U.S. call it “soda.” In the Midwest, it’s “pop.”

  375. brooklyn -  November 14, 2011 - 9:20 am

    soda is soda coke is soda pepsi is soda….its all soda end of convosation

  376. Angel -  November 14, 2011 - 9:09 am

    I’m from Oklahoma. I personally call it either soda, pop, or a combination of the two making sodapop. I only call it a coke if it’s a coca-cola.

  377. KingHywel -  November 14, 2011 - 9:08 am


  378. Tina -  November 14, 2011 - 9:05 am

    I am from Ohio and it is referred to as “pop” here. However, my cousin visited from the Austin, Texas, area and the first thing he asked me when I picked him up was, “Where is the nearest place I can get a soda water?” I looked at him with a crooked little smile and said, “What?” Diversity, that is what keeps the world turning!

  379. Bark219 -  November 14, 2011 - 9:04 am

    Grew up in Indiana: Pop
    Lived 2 years in Minnesota: Soda
    Have lived in Georgia the past 20-some years: Co-cola

    Still call it pop.

  380. Miranda -  November 14, 2011 - 9:02 am

    I’m from Georgia so we call everything coke. Just say you want a coke and whoever you are with will ask what kind. My preference is Dr. Pepper.

  381. Wordy Bill -  November 14, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Although the term is on the wane here in New England, the term “tonic” covers Coke, Pepsi, 7-up, orange soda, and any flavored sugary carbonated beverage. “Pop” is the guy you honor on Father’s Day and “soda” is very specifically reserved for the plain “soda water” mixer. But the use of soda has been gaining much traction here as the decades pass, probably as much a result of television and chain restaurants as anything else….

  382. Chuck -  November 14, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Pop not soda!! DETROIT WHAT!

  383. Roxanne -  November 14, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Well as I’m not from America I do not use any of those words unless specifically refering to Coke, otherwise its the name of the drink or fizzy drink, or soft drink or just fizzy. But usually the name of the drink.

  384. Marcos -  November 14, 2011 - 8:48 am

    When asking for a cola at a restaurant, i often get “you mean coke?” or “is pepsi okay?” I actually mean whatever cola flavoured softdrink they carry. Just doing my part to promote name brand disassociation.

  385. KH -  November 14, 2011 - 8:48 am

    I live in the UK and I call it a ‘soft drink’ or a ‘fizzy drink’ unless I’m referring to a named brand (like ‘Coke’, ‘Pepsi’, ’7-up’ etc), in which case I will ask for that specifically

  386. blackntan -  November 14, 2011 - 8:41 am

    in australia the generic term is soft drink… but i have been in a heated week-long argument about the proper name for what i think of as poppa’s. poppers. some people say fruit boxes. and something weird, i cant remember what, in tasmania. that might be a more original conversation… what do you call your cardboard containers with aluminium lining and with little straws attached???

  387. Kaye -  November 14, 2011 - 8:31 am

    I either say soda or pop. It depends where I’m at and who I’m with. Growing up I always called it pop, some of the Southern States in the very most Southern Regions of those states still call it pop. When we moved, I was made fun of for calling it “pop” ( I was very young when we moved and it bothered me) so I started calling it soda. When we moved back I reverted to calling it “pop” since everyone around me still called it that. Now in a different region of my state I mostly say “soda” just because it seems more universal and more likely that people will get what I mean.

  388. Flintstone -  November 14, 2011 - 8:30 am

    POP in England, Refresco in Spain or gaseosa,

  389. Dee -  November 14, 2011 - 8:25 am

    It is soda in NJ but relatives in western PA call it pop. When I was a kid I remember being asked by my aunt if I wanted a pop and wondering what I had done that she wanted to hit me!

  390. Shirley -  November 14, 2011 - 8:17 am

    I grew up in Massachusetts–and we call it tonic!

  391. betty -  November 14, 2011 - 8:10 am

    “Soft Drink” is often used. I live in North Texas and tend to call it Coke.

  392. Brianna -  November 14, 2011 - 8:05 am

    I’m from western NY, and I call it pop. My friends at college fight with me about it all the time, anyone not from around here seems to call it soda.

  393. Keli -  November 14, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Yeah, I call it soda too. I’m from the east coast, and everyone here calls athletic shoes sneakers. My dad is from the Midwest, and for the longest time he called them tennis shoes :)

  394. Monica -  November 14, 2011 - 7:52 am

    In the west Indies we call it soft drinks.

  395. Jason -  November 14, 2011 - 7:42 am

    Pop for me thank you. Soda is such a general word and it could define baking soda, industrial caustic sodas or any type of carbonated beverage including bubbly flavorless water or energy drinks. Coke is just silly because when you order a “coke” in the south, you have to further define which type of “coke” you desire which is confusing and could net you an actual Coca-Cola when you’re looking for a Shasta orange. Pop is simply pop. Everyone knows you mean. There will be further definition, but there will NOT be confusion.

    And for all you root beer lovers out there, root beer isn’t pop, soda or coke. Real root beer is fermented, not splashed together with artificial ingredients like some generic “root beer” manufacturers would have you believe. It’s manna and ambrosia. And it cures cancer.

    Also, we call actual beer “Barley Pop”. ;)

  396. Brad -  November 14, 2011 - 7:41 am

    @Karsyn: I can definitely disagree with your waitress. If she generalized the word “soda” to Americans, she’s ignorant. It definitely depends on the region you live in.

  397. DukeMutt -  November 14, 2011 - 7:40 am

    I prefer soda myself. But it often depends on my mood, and how much energy I feel like using to ask for pop. Sometimes I’ll just call it soda pop, just because I’m funny like that.

  398. Kevin In Arizona -  November 14, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Originally from Michigan so called it pop most of my life, call it soda here in Arizona. When I am in the South, I call it Pepsi because I hate Coca Cola with every cell in my body.

  399. Troy -  November 14, 2011 - 7:39 am

    We call it pop. I was told a lot of northeast people do. I’m in Ohio

  400. brittney -  November 14, 2011 - 7:38 am


  401. Abbie -  November 14, 2011 - 7:38 am

    My Mom says that when she was a child, living in MA, they used to call it “Tonic”.

  402. Tiara -  November 14, 2011 - 7:27 am

    I call it “soda pop” I use both words and I’m not sure were I pick it up. I live in Mass, but I’m from Southern California and grow up in Utah.

  403. kathy vailes -  November 14, 2011 - 7:23 am

    I’m from the south Tenn. and we call it coke. No sodas or pops here. Its all a coke.

  404. Rebecca -  November 14, 2011 - 7:21 am

    I also call it pop. Most people from Michigan call it pop from what I’ve experienced. When we moved to Illinois we were in culture shock with everyone calling it soda.

  405. Lance -  November 14, 2011 - 7:20 am

    Well, I’m never going to survive in Northern America then!

    I picked up the habit of calling it skoosh from some Scots I worked with several years ago (presumably from the sound the can makes when you open it).


  406. ed -  November 14, 2011 - 7:17 am

    When I lived in Ohio I called it “pop”. Now, in California I call it “soda”.

  407. Rachel -  November 14, 2011 - 7:07 am

    I cannot speak for the whole of England, but it would be very rare to hear someone asking for a soda or pop. Most people I know just call them ‘fizzy drinks’, unless specifically asking for a coca-cola.

  408. kyle clark -  November 14, 2011 - 7:05 am

    i call it pop and i’m from michigan

  409. Joe -  November 14, 2011 - 7:00 am

    In Boston we always get a can of tonic

  410. jesse -  November 14, 2011 - 6:52 am

    I say soda-pop, so im never wrong lol

  411. Marc -  November 14, 2011 - 6:50 am

    I call it Sody Pop, because I was raised to have a weird sense of humor. But I have noticed this regionalism in other things: Sub, Grinder, Hero, Poboy, etc. for example, or Water Fountain, Bubbler.

  412. Mark -  November 14, 2011 - 6:49 am

    I have to agree with Alyssa. I’m also from Texas and grew up calling it “soda water” but now the most common is “soda”. But why does the map show that 80% of my county says “coke”? Did the survey include mostly people that moved into my area from other states? I only know a handful of people in the entire county that call it “coke”, and often there are other oddities in their use of the English language.

    My grandmother called is “soda pop”.

    When I was up in Maryland in the early 1980s, I asked a waitress what type of “soda water” they have. She looked at me funny and asked me, “What?”, so I repeated myself. She said they only had one, which I thought was odd. So I ordered a large “soda water” with my meal. She brought me a large glass of seltzer water!

    I think the survey is inacurrate. Not only does it incorrectly reflect the terminology than what is really used in my county, it incorrectly reflects the terminology that was used both times I lived in Onslow County, NC.

  413. Melanie -  November 14, 2011 - 6:49 am

    My brother in law from England calls it Fizzy, so we adopted that one.

  414. Rob -  November 14, 2011 - 6:48 am

    You are all wrong. In central Massachusetts it is TONIC!!!!!!!

  415. Otaku -  November 14, 2011 - 6:41 am

    I generally say “pop”, “soda pop”, or the actual name of the beverage in question. I have lived my whole life in the Midwestern USA (mostly Iowa, currently South Dakota). Generally I don’t mind if people have different names for something, though using a “Brand Name” tends to vex me. However my only real concern is when dealing with commerce or if one is trying to hold a “serious” discussion. You can invent a new term for all I care if it is amongst just you and your friends. If I am your server, the clerk trying to help you, etc. I need to know what you mean, though.

    For the record, I also try to avoid referring to facial tissue as Kleenex for the same reason (I didn’t even realize Kleenex was the brand name until High School). Still trying to get the proper, common name for “Band Aids” down (didn’t find that one out until after college!)

  416. anonymous -  November 14, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Known as Cool Drink in South Africa

  417. [-] -  November 14, 2011 - 6:33 am

    Who calls soda ‘coke’? Do people actually ask for a coke and get a sprite? go anywhere in america and ask for coke, and they’ll either give you coca cola or cocaine.

  418. Soda-Coke and Pepsi drinker -  November 14, 2011 - 6:32 am

    Is there really anywhere in the U.S. where if you say “Coke” you’ll be served a 7up or Ginger Ale? I’ve never been there, and I’ve traveled fairly widely.

    As far as I know, “soda” or “pop” are generic terms whereas “Coke” is not. If you say “Coke ” you will only be served a Cola drink (normally Coke or Pepsi). Asking for a “Coke” will not get you a ginger ale or a 7 Up. On the other hand If you say “soda” or “pop,” the server will normally give you a list of possibilities.

  419. kathy -  November 14, 2011 - 6:20 am

    I have lived in the east, west and midwest so I am confused and now call it “soda pop”.

  420. Sheila -  November 14, 2011 - 6:19 am

    Until I got married, I’d call them ‘drink’ or ‘Coke’ and at restaurants I’d call them by name. My family understood what I was referring to. My husband is from the North. I forgot what he called them but I had to start specifing what kind of drink I was talking about. It was then that I picked up the word ‘soda’.

  421. geoffrey -  November 14, 2011 - 6:15 am

    im in nebraska and i call it pop and if you call it soda people know what you mean but think your a lil weird. if you ask for a coke then you get a coca cola

  422. Cyraus -  November 14, 2011 - 6:04 am

    I’m in the Midwestern where everyone calls it a pop and I call it soda.
    Although I prefer tea.

  423. Paul Harmon -  November 14, 2011 - 6:03 am

    As someone from Kentucky, I call it Coke (generically). However, it’s not unusual to hear any or all of the other options used. I suppose the use of “pop” does sound the most unusual to my ear. Especially when spoken with the “northern flattening” of the “o” in “pop”.

  424. Alexis -  November 14, 2011 - 5:57 am

    I call it pop. I am part Canadian, but I just call coke or any kind of soft drink pop.

  425. Adair -  November 14, 2011 - 5:54 am

    I’m from the UK, we don’t have sweet bubbly beverages here.

  426. Me -  November 14, 2011 - 5:53 am

    I was in a restaurant in Arkansas once, and the waitress asked me if I wanted a Coke with my meal. I said ‘sure,’ and she then asked me which kind of Coke I wanted: Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Root Beer…

  427. Chlorine -  November 14, 2011 - 5:47 am

    Well, we seldom use soft drinks, I call it fizzy drink (or even fizzy water for mineral water). But I guess I’m not typical. I’m from Canada and my husband is from Germany, so he calls it what I call it. I guess “Carbonated soda” would be a good answer, but since it’s long to pronounce, we tend to go for the easier terms. I like words that end in “ee” sounds, so fizzy works for me.

    It reminds me of that discussion we had about what to call ground meat. We argued about “ground meat” which I think sounds best, “minced meat”, “mince”, “hacked meat”, etc… and decided to go with the former. Sometimes there are too many ways of calling something, and when you travel, you tend to start wondering which one to use and if there isn’t a “better” term. Which I guess, there is not. It’s all a dialect thing.

  428. Gears3Fan -  November 14, 2011 - 5:41 am


  429. CKS -  November 14, 2011 - 5:36 am

    I’m from the UK and I don’t see why the question is pertinent, other than a weak subject to discuss regional dialect. I don’t think ambiguity regarding the naming of soft drinks is as prevalent as the author makes out! At least not here in the UK.
    When going to a bar for example, you would never request a or “soda” or “pop”, you would ask for a specific drink like coke or pepsi or lemonade or fanta (orange soda more generically).
    And no one would ever use the word coke as a generic term for a soft drink (as suggested in the first paragraph).

  430. Dave -  November 14, 2011 - 5:27 am

    When I was a child, my cousins called it tonic.

  431. John -  November 14, 2011 - 5:26 am

    You forgot “tonic”, which is used in some specific places such as New England.

  432. Anthony -  November 14, 2011 - 5:21 am

    I call them sodas but my aunt who lives in Inianapolis calls them pop. I guess it all depens on where you live.

  433. Kathy -  November 14, 2011 - 5:20 am

    Loved the article …. I’ll add Sneakers and Tennis Shoes to the variable of words :)

  434. Barbara -  November 14, 2011 - 5:19 am

    Growing up in NJ, I called it soda. My Husband, from Indiana, says pop.
    Now, I call it both.
    A paper bag in NJ is paper sack in Indiana, or just sack. The first time I bought something at a convenience store out there, the clerk asked, ” Do you want a sack for that?”

  435. Jack -  November 14, 2011 - 5:15 am


  436. Sarah -  November 14, 2011 - 5:14 am

    I call it soda. My grandparents from Boston call it “tonic”.

  437. Jake -  November 14, 2011 - 5:14 am

    Soda is my middle name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  438. Blaine -  November 14, 2011 - 5:13 am

    Pop baby!!!!!!!!

  439. Kip -  November 14, 2011 - 4:59 am

    In Glasgow, Scotland, the older generation say ‘ginger’ and the younger ‘juice’.

  440. Lynne -  November 14, 2011 - 4:37 am

    I use the word soda. But when I was growing up we called it tonic.

  441. A-18-K -  November 14, 2011 - 4:33 am

    We usually call them soft drinks, I’m not so sure why. Occasionally we call them soda, and only say Coke when the beverage is actually Coca-cola or Diet Coke.Of we’re speaking about a specific one, of course we’ll mention their actual name: Big Red, Root Beer, Dr. Pepper, etc. But when speaking of them in general, we say something along the lines of, “Get yourself a soft drink.”

  442. som1com -  November 14, 2011 - 4:31 am

    Karsyn on November 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    “I use the word pop. When i was in an i-Hop restaurant in the states, I had asked for a pop. The waitress asked me if I was from Canada, because most Americans call it soda. Lol”

    Lol, you must be from Minnesota :)

  443. Sarfaraz Nouri -  November 14, 2011 - 4:28 am

    I don’t wanna use any of these words cause i may get FAT like they make you. (IAMNOTFAT)

  444. Sara -  November 14, 2011 - 4:25 am

    I call it pop – I’m from the Midlands in the UK but my flatmate, from Glasgow in Scotland, calls anything that comes in a tin “juice”!

  445. Brad -  November 14, 2011 - 4:15 am

    What about TONIC….. We always called it tonic…. or soda, here in Boston

  446. moodynic -  November 14, 2011 - 4:06 am

    I tend to use the name of the drink as in ‘pepsi’ ‘Dr Pepper’ etc – exept of course with my kids who know what mum means by ‘fizzy juice’.

  447. alysha -  November 14, 2011 - 4:03 am

    Down under, where I’m from, we just call it ‘soft drink’, or the specific brand of drink it is; e.g. Coke or Sprite :)

  448. knucklemerchant -  November 14, 2011 - 3:47 am

    When we moved from New Hampshire to Wisconsin in the 70′s, I remember asking at the library if I could drink a “tonic” in there while I read — they had no idea what I was talking about. So the soda/pop dichotomy isn’t entirely a Manichean split.

  449. Cali -  November 14, 2011 - 3:44 am

    This map is flawed. “Soft drink” is the preferred term where I grew up but according to this map it is “soda”, which NO ONE ever used. As for another place I spent a good number of years, it’s also wrong.

  450. Diane -  November 14, 2011 - 3:32 am

    In Boston, it is called tonic. Here in CT we use the word soda. Will there be a follow up on this article to determine the regional names of grinders/hoagies/ subs? I have heard these called many things, including “Italians” in Maine.

  451. Katie -  November 14, 2011 - 3:14 am

    Here in the UK everyone I know in london calls them ‘Fizzy Drinks’, since that’s what they are! I hear up north they call it pop, it sounds weird to me though!

  452. Jade -  November 14, 2011 - 2:50 am

    I’m from England and we just generally call them fizzy drinks.
    I was brought up to call it pop but I mostly get laughed at and called ‘grandma’ for doing so.

  453. Pablo -  November 14, 2011 - 2:24 am

    its called Fizzy Drink Silly

  454. Cassie -  November 14, 2011 - 2:14 am

    I’m from Alabama and most people around me call it coke. I use soda mainly because I much prefer to drink Pepsi ;)

  455. KatieKen -  November 14, 2011 - 2:12 am

    Love the map – it seems very accurate – I’m from western NYS, and it’s “pop” here, except for transplanted NY city people!

  456. Devin -  November 14, 2011 - 2:08 am

    I’m from Michigan, and as far as I can tell EVERYONE calls it ‘pop’ with our ugly Michigan accent (xD I love you, Michigan). I choose to call it soda, because I think it just sounds cooler, and people actually stop me to say, half joking and half serious I’m sure, that I’m from Michigan and I should call it pop (shoulder shrug).

  457. Michelle -  November 14, 2011 - 2:08 am

    In many restaurants, I have seen menus that refer to sodas as fountain drinks, also. When I see that word choice, I also tend to see in that same establishment iced tea served pre-sweetened.

  458. Myself -  November 14, 2011 - 1:59 am

    I’m from Australia and we call it soft drink. Or if you’re after a particular type then you call it what it is (coke, fanta, creaming soda/red fanta, lemonade … etc). I’ve never heard anyone call it pop or soda.

  459. S -  November 14, 2011 - 1:43 am

    I’m not quite sure what I use anymore. I normally use the names of the soft drinks. All I know is that I would never use the word ‘pop’.

  460. jesse -  November 14, 2011 - 1:24 am

    im from australia and there we call it fizzy of soft drink

  461. Nat -  November 14, 2011 - 1:16 am

    I’m from the UK, and here the most commonly used term is fizzy drink, because that’s exactly what it is.

  462. V -  November 14, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Here in Scotland we just call everything ‘juice’, any kind of non-alcoholic drink is juice, even coke, which is not actually the juice of anything. It’s a bit silly to be honest, but I like it, it’s nice and easy.

  463. Art -  November 14, 2011 - 12:56 am

    I don’t where in the midwest they did their survey but in here in south central Illinois it is mostly called by the proper term of soda. The term pop is used by children until they start middle school.

  464. Imran Shoaib -  November 14, 2011 - 12:40 am

    Soft drink

  465. Aussie&Proud2Be1 -  November 14, 2011 - 12:40 am

    I’m Aussie, so we call it Soft Drink. It depends really…

  466. ben -  November 14, 2011 - 12:21 am

    i’m from australia and we just call them whatever they are so lemonade is lemonade, coca cola is coke, lemon squash is squash or lift etc.

  467. Dale -  November 14, 2011 - 12:21 am

    I live in Georgia, and when I chatted with my Ohioan pen pal she called it ‘pop’. It took me back to middle school, when my best friend (also from Ohio) asked me if I wanted a pop.

    What I want to know is what people in other countries call it. Do Britons call it ‘pop’? Do the French have a special word for it?

  468. Kim -  November 14, 2011 - 12:03 am

    Growing up in Michigan, I always said “pop,” which confused my cousins visiting from North Carolina, who always said “coke.” This sometimes caused confusion for me, such as when one of them asked for a coke and I gave her a Coca-Cola, and she responded, “I didn’t want that kind of coke, I wanted an orange coke.”

    I still usually said “pop” when living in Minneapolis and Chicago as an adult, as did most others in both of those cities. However, in Chicago I found myself saying “soda” more since I met more Easterners there and most restaurant menus I referred to when ordering drinks for meetings used the term “soda.”

    Now that I live in Shanghai, China, I almost always say “soda” because most people living here, both Chinese and Western, are more familiar with that term, and it is what is used on English-language menus.

  469. Natalie -  November 13, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    “Midwesterners and Northwesterners prefer pop; Southerners say coke; and Easterners and Southwesterners ask for soda”

    Does this mean when I say ‘Coke’ in the South, I may get some other bubbly sweet but may not ‘coca-cola’?

  470. Louis -  November 13, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    Although I grew up using the word “soda,” in my area (greater Boston) you might also hear the word “tonic.”

    P.S. You might want to check the grammar on this post, especially since this is a dictionary site.

    “Ask *anyone* which is the right word and *they* will…”

    The word “anyone” does not agree in number with “they;” The correct phrase would be “Ask anyone which is the right word and *he* will…” If you feel obligated to avoid using the masculine singular to include both sexes, then try “Ask people which is the right word and they will….”

  471. Yaqoob Ali -  November 13, 2011 - 11:17 pm

    Here some people use Coke to connote Coca Cola, Still others use it to refer to “Soft drink”. Like when someone says,”let’s have coke”, He does not mean Coca Cola specifically, rather he is now referring to Soft Drinks.

  472. Erika F. -  November 13, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    When I was a little kid growing up in Virginia, I called it soda. But since more than 1/2 my life has been on the West Coast, we tend to call it “pop” more often out here. I think “soda” is more of an East Coast thing, and “pop” is more West Coast. Naturally, when people move from one side to another, they will take what they are used to with them. Depends on the subculture, as well.

  473. Jacob -  November 13, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Im australian and we call it soft drink or a coke. who would call it soda thats pretty weird

  474. Kirstin -  November 13, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    Here in New Zealand we call it Fizzy drink. I didn’t even know their was another word for Fizz before I read this, I thought everyone called it Fizzy drink like us Kiwis

  475. ... -  November 13, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    i cal it soft drink but i don’t actually get how it’s soft… LOL

  476. Matt -  November 13, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    Geographically speaking, “pop” tends to be centered around the eastern northern states, particularly following the Ohio River valley and the upper Mississippi. The use of “coke” as a catch-all term is strongly rooted in the south, which is not surprising since Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola, the world’s best-selling bubbly, sweet beverage. “Soda” is used all over but primarily centered around the northern Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast. I grew up saying “pop,” but have since alternated using “soda” or the more universal “soft drink.” I’ve never understood calling it all “coke,” but I guess it’s kind of a “kleenex” thing. There is a website that maps the great controversy: http://popvssoda.com/.

  477. Audri -  November 13, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    My mum told me that when she and her sister were travelling cross-country once while they were young, her sister asked for a ‘soda’ when thew were in the southeastern region of the United States, and they gave her Seltzer Water. That was what they called soda; if she’d asked for pop, they would have brought her some variety of flavoured soft drink, as they explained later on

  478. Gautam,Bangalore -  November 13, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    We call it CLUB SODA or just SODA….& it’s quite tasteless in any case but great when added to other alcoholic or fruit based beverages. CHEERS!

  479. MCK -  November 13, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Growing up in the Northeastern US I’ve heard it called soda, pop, and even soda-pop.

  480. Jim -  November 13, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    I’m from New Jersey, and always say “Coke”… don’t know why… used to say “Soda”.

    What about Cola? or is that just a flavor?

  481. Tammy -  November 13, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    I’m from the panhandle of Texas, and we say “coke”. Ex. “Do you want a coke? What kind?” :)

  482. Ruth -  November 13, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    If you’re from Vermont, you might call it sodi (so-dee) or sodi-pop. Some people think this has to do with an /a/ and /i/ swap that goes either way. For instance, people from Missouri call it Miz-er-uh.

  483. Shea -  November 13, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    I’m from Texas also, but in central Texas (Austin metro area) it goes back to being a question of “What kind of coke do you want?” when the waiter takes your order. Which is convenient, as I still have a slight lingering accent and dialect from attending elementary school in Atlanta, GA. The two mesh pretty well, but Texans still occasionally ask where my southern draw comes from. Pop is so far the only word for soft drinks that I have issues with.

  484. Brodie -  November 13, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Being from Canada, I’ve always called it pop. I’ve used soda a few times but in general, I call it pop.

  485. Goldie -  November 13, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    In my area, we call some kind of loose-meat sandwiches ‘taverns’, but when a teacher came from several states over, he was confused by the word.

  486. Darci -  November 13, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    I definetly call it pop…lol but some of my brothers friends and him literally call it a soft drink and that is all they will call it..no matter if we are in a restauraunt or at home.

  487. Awesome -  November 13, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    I meant ITS NOT POP

  488. Awesome -  November 13, 2011 - 9:29 pm

    Soda sounds a lot more normal than pop. Pop is what happens when you poke a balloon with a needle. ITS NOT SODA

  489. ginger -  November 13, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    I grew up in Maine, we called it ‘tonic’ back then. When I spent some time in Florida I learned to say ‘soda’. Now it seems weird to call it anything but ‘soda’. My midwestern friends insist on calling it ‘pop’.

  490. Steph Fayard -  November 13, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    This subject is so funny to me.. my husband is always teasing me about certain words I use or the way I pronounce some words LOL. My family lived in Chicago until I was 10 years old….then for the next 15 years, I lived in Reno, Nevada. At 25 yrs old, I moved to Biloxi, MS….waaay down south. Been here 17 yrs. So I use a variety of different words for different things: I usually say “soda” for a carbonated beverage (sometimes I say the whole thing, “soda pop”); I say “piccililli” for pickle relish – which I think is a midwestern thing LOL….and one of the biggest things I’m teased for (by my loving husband and my oh-so-sweet brother-in-law) is the way I pronounce “root beer” or “roof”. The word “root” in “root beer” rhymes with put or foot and the way I say “roof” rhymes with “hoof”. :-) Yeah…..they tease me bad for that. But that’s the way I say those things! Can’t help it. I really don’t know where my “root” and “roof” pronunciations come from – is that a midwestern thing or a western deal? :-) ?!?! Steph Fayard

  491. Cheryl -  November 13, 2011 - 9:14 pm


  492. Samm -  November 13, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    My mom and I had this conversation once…technically soft drinks like colas and such would be called Soda-pop which is defined as a flavored carbonated soft drink

  493. S. -  November 13, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    I grew up in the DC/MD/VA area and we call it soda.

    Down here in the Carolinas, it’s called pop.

  494. Reginald Widdlethorpe the Third, Duke of Crumpethamshire-on-Beep -  November 13, 2011 - 9:02 pm

    we British call these drinks “bubbly-fizzly-bizzly-pop-and-sizzly”

  495. Kellie -  November 13, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    I call it Pop but I’m Canadian. I dunno, it’s just what we all call it…

  496. George -  November 13, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Calling it coke is wrong, unless you are ordering a Coca Cola. If you are asking for some other brand of cola, it’s not such an egregious error, except that the Coca Cola people would not agree with me. Most places, if you order a coke, you will either get a Coca Cola of you will be told they just have Pepsi, which is almost impossible to distinguish anyhow.

  497. Shayla -  November 13, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    I am a Southerner (born & raised in Alabama) & never in my life have I referred to anything other than a Coca-Cola as a “coke”, so I take offense to the generalization that “Southerners say coke”. I use the word “soda” when speaking in general about a “sweet bubbly beverage”. When ordering from a restaurant, I ask for whatever I want to drink by brand name (Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, Sierra Mist, etc.). If I go into a restaurant & ask for a “soda” or a “pop”, they’re going to ask me “what kind?” so why not just cut out the extra question & be specific from the beginning? They all have their own names for a reason — just like people.

  498. erica -  November 13, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    POP! I agree with Karsyn, it’s such a Canadian thing. yeeeeeeah

  499. Archon -  November 13, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    I can understand the different usages of Pop vs Soda, but I don’t understand the use of coke (with a small C), unless the reference is specifically about colas. I wouldn’t order a coke and expect to get a cream soda or 7/UP.

    My brother travelled out to Yellowstone on holiday. In some little diner he ordered a hamburger and an order of chips. He meant chips as in “fish and chips”, i.e. french fries. He was most disappointed when he saw the waitress pull down an individual-serving bag of Hostess or Lays, and empty them on his plate.

    My KFC comes with fries. I was quite surprised when I visited Detroit. Chicken there is served with mashed potatoes, with or without gravy. They had the fries. You just couldn’t substitute them for mashed. You could purchase them separately for an extra price.

  500. Rubyroses -  November 13, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    I live in Oklahoma lived in several places here and we’ve called it pop, soda pop and Pepsi. We don’t call it Coke. Never heard anybody call it that. Don’t know where they got that from :-)

  501. Radio AktaVite -  November 13, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    I call it lolly water, and it’s responsible for the ills of the world.

  502. My Name is -  November 13, 2011 - 8:32 pm



    And soda ftw!

  503. Drini -  November 13, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    I’ve noticed a few differences between American and Canadian dialects. My favorite one is that in Virginia, people asked for “colored pencils,” whereas in Ontario they asked for “pencil crayons” when they wanted to color.

  504. Arthur -  November 13, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    I’m from Michigan and my fiancee is from Georgia. We have to agree to disagree on this one because otherwise we’d be like the Hatfields and the McCoys. She asks for soda and I bring her a class of water from the fridge. I ask for pop and she calls my dad and then hands me the phone. But it all gives us one more thing to laugh about.

  505. Quan -  November 13, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    I usually say “soda” or sometimes “cola”.

  506. JJRousseau -  November 13, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    High fructose corn syrup. Bubble, Oui?

  507. LadyeCatte -  November 13, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    I grew up in Texas, and every carbonated beverage was just a ‘coke’, regardless of the manufacturer.

    I moved to Wyoming 10 years ago and, here, its called ‘pop’. I still find it amusing.

  508. Val -  November 13, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    My entire extended family and circle of family acquaintances, of New England French-Canadian stock, always called any carbonated beverage a “tonic”. (“You want a tonic? Coke or ginger ale?”) Has anyone else heard/used that term? I don’t seem to hear it anymore… but I like it. :) I’d like to think it persists somewhere!

  509. kathy -  November 13, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    When i ask for the certain brand coca cola… i say exactly that… Coca cola lol
    My friends tease me :P
    Like Karsyn though, i too am Canadian and we use ‘pop’.
    It was rather fun to go to school in the USA though: MANY differences :)

  510. Bob -  November 13, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    I come from Springfield and everybody down here calls it fizzy doo ru. I always get laughed at when I go places and ask for a fizzy doo ru. I’ll never conform and call it soda or pop, because those just sound so plain. LOL

  511. Ruby -  November 13, 2011 - 8:01 pm

    I’m from Colorado, Denver specifically, and I grew up saying pop. The term ‘pepsi’ works for my mother. My father used to work for Coca~Cola at a plant in Denver, he only uses the term coke when his sugar is low. My cousin grew up in Denver too, her parents both say pop, but she insists on saying soda. Same area, different preferences.

  512. Amy -  November 13, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    I call it soda for the most part.. my mom says it’s ALL Coke.. as in “do you want a Coke? What kind?”

  513. Frank -  November 13, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    On a hot summer day I would gladly quaff down a rickey of any name.

  514. Rachel -  November 13, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Water fountains. My friend from Wisconsin calls them bubblers. She says a water fountain is something you throw coins in, not something you drink from.

  515. Amber -  November 13, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    I’m a 17 year old girl from Texas and I call it “soda water”.

  516. Lilly -  November 13, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    I’ve moved to many different places in the US and I have run across all of the above ways of saying it. On top of that my mom and dad are divorced and live on opposite sides of the US, so both sides of my family say it differently. I mostly grew up with soda, so that’s what I say most of the time, but when I talk to people outside of my close family and friends, I tend to mimic, because I don’t want to get into a big long debate.

  517. Connor -  November 13, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    Here in utah we call it all those things and it perfectly fine.

  518. Mike -  November 13, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    I use Soda and that is what most people use it around the Midwest. Some also use soda. In restaurants, you can find the words soft drink or fountain drink as well.

  519. Sandman -  November 13, 2011 - 7:19 pm

    In my opinion we should call it a sweublly because it sounds ridiculous and it would be funny hearing people say it

  520. Jackii -  November 13, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    When I am in the US i say soda, because it seems like the US term to me… In Trinidad where i’m from we say soft-drink, or sometimes even sweet drink.

  521. Ryan -  November 13, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    …I’m from Ohio (technically Midwest, though in the eastern part) and I typically prefer soda to pop. Usually I just use brand name to describe it though.

  522. Taryn -  November 13, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    Karsyn- are you from Canada? Because we defniitely use ‘pop’ up here. (I am posting from the province of Alberta.)

  523. Sharin -  November 13, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    I grew up calling it ‘Coke’ (Kentucky) but I do not like to advertise for name brands. Using just ‘soda’ or ‘pop’ feels funny to me–so I say ‘soda-pop.’

  524. Stephen -  November 13, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    Why can’t I see sweet chilled carbonated beverage on the dialect map?

  525. Chee Huat -  November 13, 2011 - 6:47 pm

    If you’re in a supermarket in Singapore, look for the “soft drinks” aisle. When we were in primary school (elementary school or junior high in the USA?) we used to try sounding ‘big’ by writing “aerated water” in place of “soft drinks”.

  526. sierra -  November 13, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    i call it soda, but my mom and dad call it pop.

  527. Brian -  November 13, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    In NE Ohio, you get made fun of for calling it anything but pop. “Excuse me, may I have soda please?” “Look at you, all sophisticated! You want a pop right?”

  528. Pvblicvs -  November 13, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    When I was growing up on the west coast, everything was a “Coke,” whether it was a Coca-Cola or an orange soda.

  529. Isobel -  November 13, 2011 - 6:20 pm

    In England we call them fizzy drinks, because they’re drinks and they’re fizzy!

  530. Jackson -  November 13, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    I’m from Washington State(USA), and everyone here calls it pop, we are actually studying dialects in one of my classes and this exact topic came up.

  531. Brian w -  November 13, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    I have always called it tonic

  532. MLM -  November 13, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    I call them cokes and Im from North Texas

  533. Amethyst -  November 13, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    I use all 3(pop,soda, and coke) because I travel a lot. It can be embarrassing and confusing for the people behind counters.

  534. Justin -  November 13, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    I call it soda it just soda do not pop

  535. CM -  November 13, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    I call it soda or pop and I’m from WY. However, pop was the most commonly used word that I heard during my childhood. The graph by Matthew T. Campbell is awesome!

  536. Owalls -  November 13, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    It is called soda! I don’t care how many words there are to say it. Dictionary.com just explained what the definition of soda basically was. So, people stop calling it POP! It bubbles it doesn’t pop. Coke is a type of soda. Everyone has to make things so difficult

  537. skyward_sword -  November 13, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    you are WRONG everyone I know calls it soda and me and everyone I know live in wisconsin.

    who else likes legend of zelda?

  538. Mommasaurus -  November 13, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Despite my family’s vacationing for a couple weeks every summer with my mom’s parents and 11 siblings and their families in North Carolina and other southern states, my being a Michigander kept me calling the product “pop,” while it was always “co-cola” down there. When my son and daughter-in-law lived in Massachusetts for four years, we actually began to call the stuff “soda,” but it never really stuck!

  539. yayRayShell -  November 13, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    When the ice melts and the drink just sits in a plastic cup in a car. My mom calls it sugar water.

  540. C-Nuggets N.L -  November 13, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    Um, I usually just call it carbonated drinks. …I’m feeling left out…

  541. Emma -  November 13, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    I call it soda pop, so it doesn’t really matter either way :P

  542. Ted -  November 13, 2011 - 5:44 pm

    I was in Massachusetts as a kid and was offered a “tonic.” I averred that I was too young to drink.

  543. Thomas -  November 13, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    My friend from Canada calls it pop, while everybody else I know (including me) call it soda. :)

  544. Abbi -  November 13, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    I just call it soda(I live in Pennsylvania, but I lived in California for a long time) … but when I went to Utah they called it ‘Soda-Pop’.

  545. Mercy -  November 13, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    I live in north Texas and usually call it soda, but a lot of my friends here call it Coke, even if they don’t specifically mean Coca-Cola. I have a friend who lives in New Zealand, though, and she calls it “fizzy”, which I hadn’t heard of before.

  546. Amanda -  November 13, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    I usually say pop until my friend I get into the minor spat over pop/soda. I always win because then I say, “Fine, I’m drinking a carbonated beverage that shall rot my teeth from all the sugar in it.”

  547. Jose -  November 13, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    its obviously called soda

  548. Judi -  November 13, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    Here in Australia, we tend to use the term “soft-drink”.

  549. Darris -  November 13, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    I believe in Northwest Kansas is the only place where I’ve heard people say “sodiwater” like it’s one word.
    My dad says sodiwater.

  550. Vanessa -  November 13, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    It’s always been soda here in the SF Bay Area…’Coke’ means specifically Coca-Cola, and ‘Pop’…well…it’s what you do to popcorn.

  551. Olivia -  November 13, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    My friend calls them soda-pops. It’s confusing at first, but it includes two of the names. And anyway coke is a type of drink.

  552. Kevin -  November 13, 2011 - 5:09 pm

    I’ll have a Coke and that’s because I always and only ask for a Coke. This is due to it’s being the elixir of the Gods!

  553. imj -  November 13, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    Here in London we just call them fizzy drinks. Or if you’re buying coca cola, then coke.

  554. Mady -  November 13, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I say all of them depending on the context I guess.

  555. Beth -  November 13, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    Soda…. but my grandpa, who grew up in Iowa, calls it pop.

  556. billio -  November 13, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    I think it should be called SWUBBLY or BWEET (sweet and bubbly or bubbly and sweet)!

  557. Noah -  November 13, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    im originally from ohio and i called it pop because its more north but then we moved to kentucky which is farther down south and everybody calls it soda which is kinda weird but i just kinda started saying soda… but i like saying pop wayy better so im going to start saying it again

  558. Helen -  November 13, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    In eastern Massachusetts, carbonated beverages were called tonic, an expression not included in your article. It is not a word used much anymore, probably due to the influence of advertising, the movies and TV.

  559. Charlotte -  November 13, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    I’m from a small town in Texas. If you go into a restaurant and ask for a coke, the say “What kind?” I think that answers for itself.

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  561. Deborah -  November 13, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    I used to live in Minneapolis. In Minnesota, we called it pop. However, I live in NC now. In NC, it is called soda!

  562. Alexandria -  November 13, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    I call it POP c;




  563. Anonymous -  November 13, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    I lived in Toronto where we called it pop then we moved to New England where we called it soda then we moved to Michigan where we called it pop. We have friends in Atlanta and they tell us that everything is called coke.

  564. Rebecca -  November 13, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    I live in Australia and many of us Aussies call it soft drink.

  565. Shannon -  November 13, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    Meh, I call it soda. It’s native to my region, which is the Northeast.

  566. Madison -  November 13, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    I’m from Pittsburgh and EVERYONE here calls it pop. If you don’t, its automatically known you’re from out of state

  567. Anne -  November 13, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    In the metropolitan Milwaukee area, it is soda not pop.

  568. ...aha -  November 13, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    I call it pop.Always have, I find it funny when someone asks for a soda. I’m Canadian, almost EVERYONE says pop lol

  569. Ashley -  November 13, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    I call them sodas, but my friend from the Midwest calls them pops….

  570. Bailee -  November 13, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    I’m from Michigan and I say “pop” and when I moved to California last year, I noticed everyone says “soda” but I still say “pop.”

  571. Thierry -  November 13, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    I prefer the term Flavour Optimised Carbonated Beverage

  572. Allan -  November 13, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    I call it cola. That’s what it is. Cola.

  573. constancebonacieux -  November 13, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    I also call it pop. Ummm… btw- I live in Minnesota and I dont know ANYONE who talks in a ‘Minnesotan’ accent! Another engilsh word that varies- fries/chips.

  574. Karsyn -  November 13, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    I use the word pop. When i was in an i-Hop restaurant in the states, I had asked for a pop. The waitress asked me if I was from Canada, because most Americans call it soda. Lol

  575. Alyssa -  November 13, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    I’m from south Texas and everyone here calls them soda (my late great-grandmother called them soda waters).

  576. zo -  November 13, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    It should be called something that describes sweet and bubbly. But it should be easy to pronouce and remember.

  577. lilli -  November 13, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    i call it SODA it is yummy and im bored


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