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    Regional Names For Carbonated Beverages

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    One of those xkcd things where I don't quite get it. A take off on this sort of thing:




    Around here, 'tonic' was often used to describe what most people call 'pop', 'soda' or 'soda pop', but it seems to have died off since about the '80s.

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    I'll never understand the "Coke" thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    I'll never understand the "Coke" thing.
    There's a lot I don't understand about the South.

    I'm a soda guy from Eastern PA living in the pop region of Western PA.
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    I thought you meant regional-only beverages - Mr. Pibb, RC Cola, Moxie, etc.
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    I'm 57 years old, and I've lived in Ohio all but 3 years. I've never heard "pop" referred to as "medicine." For that matter, when I lived in Okla, I never heard it called "sugar oil" either. I would say the graphic is suspect.
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    I have lived in Michigan my entire life and have never herd the term "Kids Coffee" anywhere anytime. Not sure where they got some of these, but it appears bogus to me. Here it is "pop" . Soda is something you make with ice cream and pop. My mother's side of the family was from the south and when growing up my grandfather called everything a "coke". But, I have never heard of "Kids Coffee"...

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    Growing up in NYC, it was always "soda". When I got to Madison in 1971 it was "pop" (I actually didn't know what it was the first time I heard it used). Over the last 48 years I hear "pop" less & less and "soda" more & more in WI.

    I'm sure that social media has contributed heavily to the migration of terms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I have lived in Michigan my entire life and have never herd the term "Kids Coffee" anywhere anytime. Not sure where they got some of these, but it appears bogus to me. Here it is "pop" . Soda is something you make with ice cream and pop. My mother's side of the family was from the south and when growing up my grandfather called everything a "coke". But, I have never heard of "Kids Coffee"...
    In Michigan, it's called "pop". My relatives in Texas refer to anything that's carbonated as "coke". The OP's graph is fraudulent or facetious.
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    I used to live where we called it soda pop, or by the brand name.
    Now I just don't drink it.

    I might move to where they call it Ichor, or Fizz Ooze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu
    I'm 57 years old, and I've lived in Ohio all but 3 years. I've never heard "pop" referred to as "medicine." For that matter, when I lived in Okla, I never heard it called "sugar oil" either. I would say the graphic is suspect.
    Just so you know, Randall Munroe, who draws the XKCD comic seen in the OP, is pulling your leg. Few, if any, of the names he came up with are used anywhere in the country. Regional terms do exist, but they are not as wild as those shown on his map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    Soda is something you make with ice cream and pop.
    Naw, that's an ice cream soda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    Here it is "pop" . Soda is something you make with ice cream and pop.
    "Pop" is what the weasel does.

    Or....it's bad music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    I'll never understand the "Coke" thing.
    Yeah. I'm squarely in the soda belt, but I get pop, too. Using 'Coke' for any carbonated beverage is just dumb.



    Also, lol Alaska, what are you doing?!
    No humor please, we're skittish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobo Chang Ba View Post



    Also, lol Alaska, what are you doing?!
    That would be a Jimmy Buffett reference applied to the wrong beverage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    "Pop" is what the weasel does.

    Or....it's bad music.
    There was a time when pop was good music.
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    I grew up in Rhode lsland and it was always "soda." For several summers we went to sleep-away camp in northeastern New Hampshire. Up there it was "tonic" (pronounced "tawnic"). The New York and southwestern Connecticut kids at camp called it "pop."

    Of course, in Rhode Island we had weird names for everything. An Italian sub sandwich ("sangwich") was a "grinder" while all others were "subs." A milk shake with ice cream was a "cabinet." Some called pancakes "johnny cakes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    There was a time when pop was good music.
    And the Weasel didn't only pop, he posted on PE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    I grew up in Rhode lsland and it was always "soda." For several summers we went to sleep-away camp in northeastern New Hampshire. Up there it was "tonic" (pronounced "tawnic"). The New York and southwestern Connecticut kids at camp called it "pop."
    No, it was pronounced "tonic". We might have a funny accent to most people, but the "ō" sound is not among them. I've noticed a lot of people from CT & SW MA say something like "pahp".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Some called pancakes "johnny cakes."
    I thought those were pancakes made with corn meal? Much better than standard pancakes, IMO. [ French toast > waffles > pancakes ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    I'll never understand the "Coke" thing.
    Nor I. When I was a kid, we went to South Carolina on a holiday, and stopped at a restaurant, where I asked for a Coke. The waitress said "What kind?"... and I was temporarily at a loss for words as to what that question could possibly mean. Ummm... the dark, fizzy, sugary kind that comes in a red-and-white can or bottle?

    Here it is called pop. I've heard it called soda in enough TV shows and movies that it doesn't really faze me though. But to me, soda is the carbonated water that a bartender adds to a cocktail.
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    I love coke, in a bottle. We call them Soft Drinks around these woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    I love coke, in a bottle. We call them Soft Drinks around these woods.
    We call them that too, but I think pop is the most common term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    I'll never understand the "Coke" thing.
    It has a lot to do with the Coca-Cola Corporation's hq being in Jawja.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    I'll never understand the "Coke" thing.
    On a slightly related note.....all the Canadians I know refer to Electrical service as....Hydro! I couldn't figure out why everyone was bitching about their water bill???? Most probably the reason is that electrical service in British Columbia is supplied by... BC Hydro.....but my friends in Alberta also call electrical service as Hydro....

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