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Posted: 09.12.2002
I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company
I grew up in Oklahoma. If someone asks, "Do you want a Coke?," it's not uncommon to reply, "Yes. I'd like a Dr. Pepper...," right back. When I was in grade school and junior high, we lived in an Air Force base town. New transfer students would always get teased for calling it "pop", but especially so if they dared call it "soda". Now CNN.com has an article on the great Coke-soda-pop divide -- based on the "Pop vs. Soda" page. So what do you call it? (Go here to take the official survey.) I'd like...a Coke, please. That means a Mountain Dew Code Red. K? Thanx.

UPDATE: Kristine, Christine, and Gretchen blogged it, too, btw!

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I'm a southern girl, so it's always a Coke, even if it's really a Sprite. :)

¤ ¤ credit: Kymberlie R. McGuire | 09.12.02 at 05:53 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Well, I guess I'll risk the ridicule... I call it "soda". I'm from Arizona though, we're weird. ;) "Pop" is such a harsh sounding word. "Coke" is specifically used to reference that particular soda. :)

¤ ¤ credit: GeekGrrl | 09.12.02 at 05:55 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Hmm should I mention Moxie???

¤ ¤ credit: Chuck | 09.12.02 at 06:04 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I grew up in New York and New Jersey, where it's *soda*. Coke is Coke, Pepsi is Pepsi, Sprite is Sprite, etc. Mike grew up in Ohio, where it's *pop*.

But now we live in New England, where it's *tonic*. We don't call it that, though. We both call it *soda*.

I remember, not long after moving to Massachusetts from the Washington DC area, I got a job in a small drugstore. A customer came in and asked where the *tonic* was, and I was confused...I thought she was looking for some kind of medicine. I was about to ask *what kind of tonic*, when she spotted the Pepsi cooler in the back and said, *never mind, I see it.*

I can't bring myself to call it *tonic*...sounds too much like medicine!

That reminds me...have to stop at the store, as I'm all out of Diet Pepsi Twist! :-)

¤ ¤ credit: Christine with an M. | 09.12.02 at 06:06 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Now "tonic" is just plain weird! ;-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 09.12.02 at 06:13 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

It is soda here in CA. Pop is what i call my dad and what I called my Gpa. :)

¤ ¤ credit: JEN | 09.12.02 at 06:16 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Oh man, I clicked refresh on my page after posting about that article and saw that your page had been updated from my sidebar. LOL, we both talked about the same thing!! :)

Like I said in my post, my Michigan roots made me call it Pop all my life! :)

¤ ¤ credit: kristine | 09.12.02 at 06:23 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Coke, definitely Coke. Like I said on Kristine's site, I've called it Coke up until now and I'll always call it Coke. Even if Coca Cola goes out of business and Pepsi rules the world (which will NEVER happen :), it'll be Coke in my book.

¤ ¤ credit: ste | 09.12.02 at 06:45 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Soda. It's always been soda.

¤ ¤ credit: statia | 09.12.02 at 06:52 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm from England. when I'm Northern English it's pop; when I'm Southern English it's Fizzy drink. (I know England's a small country, but, trust me, these divides work!)
Do you have Dandelion and Burdock? That has always got to be pop. Whereas Jamiacan Ginger Beer is always a fizzy drink (taste that ginger!)

¤ ¤ credit: Gert | 09.12.02 at 06:55 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

ROFL! I wrote my post about this at 3:27 after coming across it on Gretchen's site - but couldn't publish the post until after 6pm. Damn the man keeping me down!

I grew up in Illinois, so I called it pop. After too many years in Texas, I call it Coke most of the time now. Sometimes I rebel if there is no one around to kick my butt for using the "p" word!

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 09.12.02 at 07:50 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Having grown up in Tampa all my life I can safely say that we call it Coke. Coke, Pepsi, Sam's Cola, Presidents Choice... these all go by the Coke moniker in my book.

Kinda in the same way that I don't "photocopy" something, I Xerox it.

¤ ¤ credit: bhart | 09.12.02 at 07:55 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

'soda'. I grew up in PA, where calling it 'pop' would most likely get you a beat down. Now that I live in Virginia, I still call it 'soda'. Most of my peers do too, though some of the country folk call it 'pop'. IMO, it will always be 'soda'. Now can I please have a mt. dew??? :)

¤ ¤ credit: theresa | 09.12.02 at 10:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I've never posted before but I've been reading for a while. I grew up in Oklahoma, also. I called it coke, too. Unfortunatly the North Carolina has rubbed off on me and I find myself calling it soda now. By the was, nice to "know" another Sooner fan!

¤ ¤ credit: jen | 09.13.02 at 07:35 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Southern girl here in Texas and it has always been Coke to me. My sister-n-law is from PA and she always laughs at us..but then again when she calls it "pop", we laugh right back. :)

¤ ¤ credit: Shelby | 09.13.02 at 10:44 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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