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"Soda" Vs. "Pop": A Map

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The Atlantic
They seem to be just like us. They laugh at the same jokes. They like the same music. They, too, extol the virtues of bacon.  

But then when they refer to a soft drink, you instantly know: They ain't from around here. 

I'm talking about folks from other states who call soda "pop," or even weirder, "Coke." (Coke is a brand, people!)   

The linguistic variation is one of the clearest regional differences in the U.S., says The Atlantic, which produced an incredible mapping project called The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture. On the soft drink map, people in the green areas say "soda," while those in the turquoise areas say "Coke" and those in the black areas say "pop."  

See all the maps here

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StatsProfessor
StatsProfessor

Never heard anyone call it soda yet in my lifetime....guess I'll have to visit those green states. 

Jennifer S
Jennifer S

i'm from miami and according to this we say coke....i've never heard anyone refer it to anything other than soda....ever. I can imagine saying coke gets confusing haha

Tbplayer
Tbplayer

If you order a "coke" at a fast food place in the turquoise states, they'll as you "What flavor?"

frad
frad

jersey and new york say soda. Pop was my Dad. 

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

When I moved out here from Ohio when I was 6 the kids at school used to make fun of me because I said "pop" instead of soda! lol Do we need to go all PC now and call it "soda-pop" so as not to offend anyone? :P

Rayann Castro
Rayann Castro

I say "coke" sometimes...maybe I need to re-locate... =(

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

That seems like it'd be really confusing.

My mother's side of the family lives in the mid-west. When I would visit as a child I would get unreasonably angry when my cousins would ask for "pop". I'd shout "ITS CALLED SODA! YOU'RE ALL WRONG!". I see my younger pre-pubescent self in a lot of the comments on this blog.

Rayann Castro
Rayann Castro

 haha! I'm just call it whatever I want and tell people to kick rocks! Soda, pop, Coke - you know what I mean :)

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