How do you describe your carbonated beverage?

Your slang for your carbonated beverage of choice

  • Pop

    Votes: 18 26.9%
  • Soda

    Votes: 19 28.4%
  • Cola

    Votes: 1 1.5%
  • Coke

    Votes: 21 31.3%
  • Soda-Pop

    Votes: 1 1.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 7 10.4%

  • Total voters
    67
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MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
My wife and I, ever since we met, have been in constant disagreement over the proper "slang" term to describe our carbonated beverage of choice (brew's excluded). I say "pop" and she says "soda". Recognizing the wide range of choices I decided to bring it to the PB in order to get the consensus both nationally and internationally.

So what say ye? Soda? Pop? Cola? Coke? Soda-Pop???

I'd also like to see a theological argument in favor of "pop". :think: If you can think of one I would be much obliged. (obviously as a well meaning joke not meant to be taken seriously)
 

AThornquist

Puritan Board Doctor
Here in Nor Cal, I have heard almost exclusively "soda," unless someone actually wants a Coke (as opposed to Sprite, Pepsi, etc). Every once in a while an old person says "pop" or "soda-pop," but it's rare.
 

Skyler

Puritan Board Graduate
Pop--carbonated & flavored (usually sweetened) beverage.
Cola--dark-colored pop (i.e., Coke, Pepsi)
Soda(or "soda pop")--light-colored pop (i.e., Sprite, Mtn Dew)
 

MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
Pop--carbonated & flavored (usually sweetened) beverage.
Cola--dark-colored pop (i.e., Coke, Pepsi)
Soda(or "soda pop")--light-colored pop (i.e., Sprite, Mtn Dew)
I didn't take into consideration the possibility of multiple answers. I now know that I should have. :lol:
 

kainos01

Puritan Board Senior
I say "soda" though growing up it was either "Coke" (regardless of whether it was, indeed, Coke) or "cold drink." Looking back I am not sure how "cold drink" was distinguished from, say, iced tea which was, of course, a cold drink. Yet we were asked: would you like some tea, or a cold drink? As it was a fundy culture, there was never any danger of "cold drink" meaning beer. :cheers2:
 

Andres

Puritan Board Doctor
Here in Nor Cal, I have heard almost exclusively "soda," unless someone actually wants a Coke (as opposed to Sprite, Pepsi, etc). Every once in a while an old person says "pop" or "soda-pop," but it's rare.
I'm with Andrew. "pop" and "soda-pop" are what the old folks say.
 

Tripel

Puritan Board Senior
Coke.

It's like Kleenex, Band-Aid, Frisbee, Thermos, etc. Yes, it's a specific brand and type of beverage, but it's also a generic term.
 

Skyler

Puritan Board Graduate
Pretty much along the northern tier from the Great Lakes to the West Coast, it's "pop."

The Pop vs. Soda Page
That's great! :lol:
And, it supports my argument--"People who say "Pop" are much, much cooler."

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ROFL!

"Historically, the correct term is 'phosphate', which was defined by soda jerks as being a flavored syrup mixed with carbonated water. 'Soda's were what we today call floats. Therefore Soda is clearly WRONG and pop is more acceptable as a shortening of phosphate." -- From a comment in the "other" list. :D
 

MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
Pretty much along the northern tier from the Great Lakes to the West Coast, it's "pop."

The Pop vs. Soda Page
That's great! :lol:
And, it supports my argument--"People who say "Pop" are much, much cooler."

---------- Post added at 05:36 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:36 PM ----------

ROFL!

"Historically, the correct term is 'phosphate', which was defined by soda jerks as being a flavored syrup mixed with carbonated water. 'Soda's were what we today call floats. Therefore Soda is clearly WRONG and pop is more acceptable as a shortening of phosphate." -- From a comment in the "other" list. :D
That's all I needed (Mods you can close the thread now)

Just kidding!!!
 

Micah Everett

Puritan Board Freshman
Down here it's pretty much "Coke" regardless, though one sometimes hears "soda" or "cold drink."

Several years ago I taught for one year in Iowa. As a native Southerner, I still remember spending 10 minutes during our first trip to the grocery store trying to find the aisle with Coke, soda, or whatever, to no avail...until I realized that in Iowa, the word I was looking for was "Pop." Sure enough, there was an aisle labeled "Pop." I bought at least a couple of kinds of "Coke" there.

Speaking of "cold drinks," has anyone else noticed that in the South we have "sweet tea" and "unsweet tea," but never just "tea?"
 

LawrenceU

Puritan Board Doctor
Coke.

Be careful in New England. There are some places where 'pop' is not able to be sold to those under 21. :) It is something that is made from barley, yeast, water, and hops.
 

Scottish Lass

Puritan Board Doctor
Coke, regardless of what brand it actually is, as others have said--to the point that I prefer Pepsi but use Coke generically, as Andrew mentioned.
 

au5t1n

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
I've heard that "pop" is a northern thing and "soda water" or "coke" a southern thing. Almost everyone here (Texas) says "soda" or "coke" generically (more the former), but I have heard some very southern people say "soda water." Having spent most of my life in the south, I've never heard anyone say "pop." Even when I lived in Maryland I don't recall hearing it.

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You need to add "soda water" to the poll.

---------- Post added at 07:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:38 PM ----------

I just got a good laugh reading the "other" breakdown for Texas. Check it out: Pop vs. Soda Stats
 

MLCOPE2

Puritan Board Junior
I've heard that "pop" is a northern thing and "soda water" or "coke" a southern thing. Almost everyone here (Texas) says "soda" or "coke" generically (more the former), but I have heard some very southern people say "soda water." Having spent most of my life in the south, I've never heard anyone say "pop." Even when I lived in Maryland I don't recall hearing it.

---------- Post added at 07:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:38 PM ----------

You need to add "soda water" to the poll.

---------- Post added at 07:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:38 PM ----------

I just got a good laugh reading the "other" breakdown for Texas. Check it out: Pop vs. Soda Stats
I guess I also should have put "I'M ON A BOAT I'M ON A BOAT I'M ON A BOAT" :lol:
 

Tim

Puritan Board Graduate
In South Africa, it is "cool drink".

"Diet coke" is "coke light".

Cream soda here is green.
 

raekwon

Puritan Board Junior
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Being in Ohio where everyone else says "pop" is burdensome.
 
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