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here in NY in all of my 23 yrs of living i have never heared anyone refer to soda as any of those other names unless its a brand.
I'm from the Appalachian mountains, and here, we call it pop. I have heard the other term before, and usually compromise with them by calling it "soda pop".
I live in Florida, and we call it Soda -- never any of the others listed except if it's Coke.
I come from Australia, so we like to call our soft drinks "Soft Drinks". Some of the older generation also refer to it as "Lollie water" and alcoholics call it shit.
"Coke" obviously just refers to Coca Cola in Australia and Soda is probably used more to describe Soda water than soft drinks. I don't hear the term "Pop" being used to often in Australia for soft drinks, to me Pop just refers to crappy music or even a reference to your grand dad or something.
Ehh I use soda as a general term for all kinds of carbonated drinks except mineral water, that stuffs just nasty!.
Coke when someone says it usually gets me to think of the drug...unless I know that their talking about soda.
Pop is only used by old-timers here in California.
I've heard people call it a Fountain Drink...Also Old-timers.
I'm from the midwest (Indiana, actually) and we call it pop, so that's what I call it. Soda to me is carbonated water...
Where i live people call it soda
they only call it coke if it is actually a coke brand
From my experience, Coke is only used as a generic term for soft-drinks in Georgia, Alabama, and parts of Tennessee. This stems from the ubiquitous nature of Coca-Cola products in this region as the drink originated in Atlanta. In most instances, if you were to order a Pepsi product in a random hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Georgia you'd probably just get a bunch a strange looks. However, when you order a drink, you typically have to order it by it's name (Coke, Sprite, Mr. Pibb, etc..).
The only circumstance in which Coke is used as a stand-in for all drinks is the the context of someone saying, "I'm going to get a Coke." In this case, Coke can mean anything, and the person typically comes back with something other than your standard Coca-Cola.
Generally, i refer to them, or hear people refer to them as Cola.
I rarely hear Soda or Pop, Coke.
we here got used to calling it softdrinks.. sometimes, soda
Just kidding But seriously, currently living in one of those states, I totally agree. And I never thought about the "Coca-cola" presence issue; thanks for the illumination!
This is also true for me and my friends, as well, but I grew up in Texas.Quote:
Pop makes me think of killing bunnies (I cringe whenever I hear it).
Soda doesn't really illicit a reaction from me, but if I let it, it would annoy me. Same for soda-pop, which I've heard more often than I'd like to.
I call it a "fountain drink" only when I'm at a fast food restaurant or something, where it's actually from a "fountain".
My sister insists on calling them "carbonated beverages", and although I must agree that this is probably the most PC way to say it (in America, at least), I think it's just a phase she's going through, after which she'll return to saying "coke" like the rest of us in the house.
Although I'm usually brand-specific, it's not uncommon for me to fall-back on the "coke means everything carbonated and sugary" way.
I use the term "soda."
like yonie said... we call 'em "sopdwinks"... but say that and the shop owner will ask what brand so i usually just what brand i want to make things faster.
I always have a tons of coke at home, go thru about 5 cans a day. Have you ever had coke thats lost its fizz? Tastes terrible...