(Closed) Pop vs. Soda?

posted 10 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you say "pop" or "soda"?




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  • Post # 60
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    LOL, 14 years in the US and I just added a new word to my vocabulary thanks to this thread. I only ever knew soda. If someone offered me a “pop” I wouldn’t know what the heck they’re talking about and think they’re offering me drugs or something.

    Post # 61
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Soda – I grew up in Florida, now live in KS where most people use either “soda” or “pop”.

    Post # 62
    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Soda…but everybody here says pop for the most part.

    Post # 63
    5117 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’ve lived in IA/MN/ND and it’s pop here, but goodness knows where I picked up ‘soda,’ and everyone gives me the side eye. 

    How about supper vs dinner? Is that a regional thing or a ‘country kid’ vs ‘city folk’ difference? 

    Post # 64
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m Canadian, and we refer to it as pop unless we are having company and feel fancy, and then it becomes soda. 😉

    Post # 65
    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m another one who grew up in Texas, and just grew up calling it all Coke. Exactly what kind of “Coke” usually gets into the conversation somehow, though I must admit it sometimes seems like telepathy. I did learn quickly that when travelling, you do have to be more specific up front. Though it seems now at most fast food places, you can still get away with just saying “Coke” if there’s a self-serve drink machine anyway.

    Post # 66
    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My whole family calls it soda and his whole family calls it pop. It’s the most annoying thing ever to me! It’s one thing I’m going to drum into my sons head. SODA! lol. I want to be an English teacher so I’m very picky about how people speak so I have to teach my boy to ignor how his father speaks and to talk like me. lol That’s going to be hard!

    Post # 67
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    From CA & say soda 🙂

    Post # 68
    365 posts
    Helper bee

    Hehe “pop” and “soda” aren’t said in NZ.  We use brand names, or call it “fizzy drink” or “soft drink”.

    “Anyone want a fizzy drink?” or “Anyone want a Sprite Zero?”

    Post # 69
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    I grew up calling pop. Now I go back and forth between that and soda. I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest area.

    Post # 70
    7294 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    i couldn;t vote because i call it “soft drink”.  i am from Quebec, Canada.  My Fiance is from Ontario and he calls it Pop

    Post # 71
    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    New England girl – all soda, all the way!


    Post # 72
    98 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    From Northern IL– it’s pop!

    Lived in Southern IL for a while (only three hours south) and it was soda. Weirdos. lol i’m only kidding.


    The midwestern line I’ve always heard is that you bake with soda you don’t drink it.


    Other fun differences I’ve noticed (my mom is a new yorker)

    Sandwich.. is it a sub, a hogie, or a grinder (I say sub)

    Athletic shoes- sneakers or tennis shoes ( I say tennis shoes)

    Do you say how long your trip is in minutes or miles (I say minutes)

    To say it’s ten till 5 for ten of five ( I saw ten till)

    Do you call them flip-flops or thongs (I say flip flops?… but funny story when my mom first moved to IL she went into a shoe store and said something to the effect of “i’d like to see some thongs”… I guess the sales lady looked at her like she had 3 heads hahah

    Post # 73
    2402 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m from New England. Everyone I know says soda.

    Post # 74
    5920 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m from Missouri – and I say soda.  Pretty much everyone I know says soda, except my mother – It will forever be pop to her 🙂

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