Coke, Pop, Soda…. Other?

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Ever taken a long trip across the US and stopped in a local restaurant? What do you ask for when you want some bubbly fizzy sugar water to drink? As anyone who has traveled around the country can tell you, they don’t call it the same thing everywhere. Now you can fit in like a local with the help of this handy, dandy soft drink names by county map! You don’t have to face those ugly sneers from the wait staff and other patrons as you chime for a “pop” when CLEARLY these heathen people call it a “soda”. Of course that won’t help you in those weird counties that go with “other”…. whatever the heck that might be.

(for those outside the US for which this may be unimportant, know that the cultured term is, of course, “Coke”… the rest of the country is off its rocker)

2 thoughts on “Coke, Pop, Soda…. Other?

  1. I love this topic. I have learned in my life time that you are always safe saying soda. Everyone knows what that is. Pop is only good in the mid-west and western NY/PA everywhere else they give you a dirty look. Coke is good in the south especially Atlanta. The only problem with saying coke that I find funny is they ask what kind.

    Soda is the only way to go. Coke is second. Pop is just plain wrong so don’t say it!!

  2. Wow, that is a great map. I grew up in New Mexico saying “coke” and then moved to Nevada and California where I was looked at totally as a social deviant. Sadly I have conformed and say “soda” more often then “coke” but every once in awhile my root show.

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