Everyone in Chicago calls drinks "pop!" What do you call beverages?

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    Apr 28, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    I've never been to a big city like this (small southern man here) but I'm visiting Chicago at this moment. It's so cold and windy here! Anyway, I went to grab some pizza and they asked me what kind of pop I wanted. I was so confused. I had no idea people called drinks different things haha!

    I know this thread is a bit pointless, but what do you guys call beverages? I think I just call it 'drink' in the south haha
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    Born in Grand Rapids, MI and lived there 2.5 years. Used to call soda, "soda pop"; until I was 12, then it was just soda. icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    Yes, "pop" is the preferred term in Chicago and most of the Midland North

    This site has an interactive map where you can see the dominant term for any kind of sweetened, carbonated drink in any given area. Not only can you see which terms are more dominant in certain regions of the country, you can actually get down to the county level!

    http://popvssoda.com:2998/

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    Apr 28, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    In Toronto, we call them by many different names (i.e. pop, fountain drink, soda, etc...).
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    It's worth noting that people in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa don't use any of those words. Canadians generally prefer "pop".
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    I think it's interesting how Virginia is SO mixed! Just goes to show you that Virginia isn't so Southern because most people in the South call every soft drink "coke".

    I just say "soda".
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    We use "soda" or "soft drink" on the west coast. Apparently, in some parts of the south, everything is called a "coke".

    A: What do you want to drink?
    B: I'll have a coke.
    A: What kind of coke?
    B: 7-Up

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    Apr 28, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    soft drink
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWe use "soda" or "soft drink" on the west coast.


    This, we don't take kindly to pop-sayers whipping.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    The Brits say "fizzy drink" icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    I live in Ky and when I was younger they were always called a "coke".... But I have always heard african americans here say pop. Now I hear soda or soft drink a lot.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    why dont people just say the specific name of the drink they want?

    do u want a coke, sprite, pepsi, mountain dew? what the fuck do u want?
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    They had a segment on that show called The States about what people call soda. "Coke" is mostly limited to the Southeast. "Soda" and "Pop" is a patchwork across most of the rest of the country, so much so that what term is common can even depend on what part of an individual state you are in. I call it 'pop' if I am referring to it in general because that is what we say here, but usually I just say 'diet coke' because that is the only kind I drink.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    Born & raised in the Northeast, I conform with the norm there of saying "soda". I also note that the counties of Southeast Florida, where I live now and have long been the retirement destination for North-easterners, also favor soda.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Spanish is easy. They're either called "refresco" or "gaseosa". I've never heard any other term for these.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    cold saidsoft drink



    If you say that you risk getting Tang or Kool-Aid.
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    And for anyone that's in the LA area, be sure to check out Galco's for the largest selection of soda from around the world. icon_cool.gif
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/galcos-soda-pop-stop-los-angeles
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    Nowadays, I just call Coca~Cola, Cola; and fruit flavored soda's by their fruit/juice type. That way I can get a Pepsi or Coca~Cola even if I don't know which is available wherever I'm at.
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidSpanish is easy. They're either called "refresco" or "gaseosa". I've never heard any other term for these.


    rofl we call it soda in Spanish too here :p
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
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    pocketnico saidSpanish is easy. They're either called "refresco" or "gaseosa". I've never heard any other term for these.


    rofl we call it soda in Spanish too here :p


    LOL! Figures. I thought only Mexicans in Texas said that, haha.
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    cold saidsoft drink

    If you say that you risk getting Tang or Kool-Aid.

    What's wrong with Kool Aid?
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Born in Indiana and it's "pop" there. And lots of people in Indiana and Ohio LOVE Red Pop. Why? I dunno....

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    turtleneckjock saidBorn in Indiana and it's "pop" there. And lots of people in Indiana and Ohio LOVE Red Pop. Why? I dunno....

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    Oh wow, you guys have that up there? I always thought that was a Texas thing!
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    pocketnico said
    turtleneckjock saidBorn in Indiana and it's "pop" there. And lots of people in Indiana and Ohio LOVE Red Pop. Why? I dunno....

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    Oh wow, you guys have that up there? I always thought that was a Texas thing!
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    I think the love for Red Pop originated there. And.....this may not be true any longer, but people from Indiana (Hoosiers) prefer Pepsi over Coke in a huge way. Completely the opposite in other parts of the country, especially in the south.
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    Apr 28, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
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    pocketnico said
    turtleneckjock saidBorn in Indiana and it's "pop" there. And lots of people in Indiana and Ohio LOVE Red Pop. Why? I dunno....

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    Oh wow, you guys have that up there? I always thought that was a Texas thing!
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    I think the love for Red Pop originated there. And.....this may not be true any longer, but people from Indiana (Hoosiers) prefer Pepsi over Coke in a huge way. Completely the opposite in other parts of the country, especially in the south.


    I've never been to Indiana, so I wouldn't have known that. But I've been to Texas several times, and Big Red is everywhere.