Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Soda and Pop

It has come to my attention that some people refer to carbonated beverages as "Soda", whereas others prefer to call them "Pop".

We here in Michigan drink pop.
Soda is white powdery stuff that keeps the refrigerator from stinking.
Yet I often find myself using the word "soda" when I blog, just so more people will understand what I mean.

I used to have a friend in California who would sometimes laugh when I referred to Coke as "pop". He had been indoctrinated by the high dalai lama of California-ness to believe that all carbonated beverages must be referred to as "soda."

See the confusion here?

Michigan:
Coke = pop
Soda = white powdery stuff

California:
Soda = Coke
Coke = white powdery stuff

Then I hear there are some regions in the U.S. that refer to all carbonated beverages as "Coke", regardless of the brand or flavor. Imagine this exchange:
"Would you like a Coke?"
"Sure."
"What kind?"
"Orange."

This would drive me mad.
Can't we all just come to some sort of agreement? Compromise?
For example, we could have orange-flavored powder which we--
No, wait. we already have that. It's called Tang.

I will now take a couple aspirin (with my pop) and get back to blogging.
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19 comments:

Wayne said...

I agree! When I lived in St Louis, Mo, If you asked for a pop, they'd say dad's not here. Also, I thought they sounded like me, but most of them said I had a "northern" accent. Never had heard that before.

Marilyn said...

I've been told I have an accent too... In Kansas and Colorado it is pop. In Wisconsin... where I lived for a year, it is soda. I kinda like the word soda. It sounds old fashioned and formal.

They called the water fountain a bubler. I felt like I was in England or something.

Morgen said...

when I was in Virginia last time visiting my mom, I went into a Dairy Queen and asked for a soda.
They thought I meant a float, like a root beer float.
Now that I've been in Michigan so long, I'll admit to saying "pop"

michele said...

Janna soda is any carbonated
beverage.Pop is my daddy!
I hope you're not more confused
now.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

soda is coke. no matter what flavor. pop is your daddy honey, now do you get it? ha ha ha

smiles, bee

the108 said...

In Ohio we called it pop, then in florida we called it soda. Now, I simply refer to it as "a drink"...lol.

Michael said...

I refuse to call it pop, what am I twelve?

I don't say "I'm going potty," when going to the bog either. :P

Travis said...

I use soda as a generic term for carbonated beverages.

In a restaurant up here, we ask for what we specifically want. If you want Coke, that's what you ask for - but be prepared because they may only have Pepsi.

Coke and Pepsi are brand names for soda pop.

Well, didn't I sound all serious?

Lynda said...

You know, when I lived in Central California, I remember it being called pop. Then it changed to soda. I had a friend who would say, "You want a Pepsi?"

In our house, we call it soda. When I go to a restaurant, if I don't know the distributor, I ask for a Diet Brown drink. But sometimes I like the bubbly clear ones too. (7-up, Sprite, but not Sierra Mist ew)

Natalie said...

In Minneapolis where I grew up it was Pop. Some people went as far as to call it soda-pop. When I knew I was going to school in NY i promptly switched to soda so I would not be branded a hick.

Turnbaby said...

it's a coke in the South--doesn't matter who makes it. And the reason servers are required to say "All we have is Pepsi--is that okay/" is because Coca~Cola actually pays people to protect their brand name from becoming a 'generic' like kleenex, escalator, refrigerator etc

Now who's all serious Trav ;-)

Janna said...

Wayne: (Note to self: Never move to St. Louis)

Marilyn: The fountain was called a Bubbler?? Really? Huh.

Morgen: Now I'm craving a root beer float...

Michele: Was your dad a doctor, and is his last name "Pepper"? Cause that might explain something...

Bee: No! No! Coke must not be used as an all-inclusive term! I will fight against it til my dying day! Let me check my calendar and see when that is...

The108: See, now when I hear of "a drink," I presume it's going to be an alcoholic beverage. That would only make things more confusing for me...

Michael: Hey! "Pop" is not a childish term! And wow, I've never heard a toilet referred to as "The Bog". That's actually kinda cool...

Travis: Just a minute, I'm writing all that down...

Lynda: LMAO @ "Diet Brown"!! :) And hey, how come you don't like Sierra Mist? (Other than the fact that it was responsible for ruining my leg last April)

Natalie: So, wait, if I call it "Pop", would New York people think I was a hick? One of my best friends just moved to New York...

Turnbaby: I will never understand why anyone would call ALL carbonated beverages "Coke". It just makes no sense...
Maybe I should call the Coca-Cola company and see if they will pay ME for this post...

Mr. Fabulous said...

Soda. Soda. Soda.

Only Phillistines call it something else.

I'm glad we talked.

Angry said...

In Australia it's all SOFT DRINK and you ask for each by its own name such as Coke, Fanta, Dr Pepper and so on.

BentonQuest said...

I remember my great-aunt calling it a sody (or would that be sodie?).

Lynda said...

It tasted kind of bitter, in my opionion. And too limey.

Have you ever heard a drink called Soda Pop? Best of both worlds there!

Janna said...

Mr. Fab: Hi, my name is Janna, and I'll be your Philistine today!

Angry: Ooooh, it's been a long time since I've tried Fanta...

Bentonquest: Funny you should mention that! My grandmother used to call Baking Soda "Sody." I never understood why!

Lynda: Maybe you just got a bottle that had been cursed by an evil warlock or something. I think it tastes just like the other lemon-lime beverages, except for being a little more crisp. I love it.

Michael said...

I'm going to the bog, good old British wordage, accompanied by a rolled up newspaper under the arm and a mug of tea.

So, I like to read while I am in there, multi-tasking.

Janna said...

Michael: "The Bog...." I love it! Not so sure I'd want to take a mug of tea in there with me, though.