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What do you call it?

Soda?
17 (54.8%)
Pop?
5 (16.1%)
Coke?
3 (9.7%)
Other?
4 (12.9%)
Fizzy Drinks?
2 (6.5%)

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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2019, 08:26:54 PM »
My stepmother used to call all soft drinks "tonic" - meaning Disney was right about stepmothers from the beginning! ;)

Here, tonic is a carbonated beverage containing quinine.

Soft drink. It's only ever been called soft drink.

Here, soft drinks are a category that includes both carbonated and uncarbonated non-alcoholic beverages.  It would most commonly be seen on a menu above a listing of sodas, iced teas, juices, etc.

Pop.

Soda is a white powered used in baking.

Here, that’s baking soda.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2019, 08:32:19 PM »
Soft drink. It's only ever been called soft drink.

Here, soft drinks are a category that includes both carbonated and uncarbonated non-alcoholic beverages.  It would most commonly be seen on a menu above a listing of sodas, iced teas, juices, etc.

Not here. Carbonated sugary drinks are soft drinks. If it's not carbonated, it's not a soft drink. It's fruit juice, or cordial, or milk, something else.

And I'll add a thing to Tassie Dave's statement about cordial. Cordial, to me, is always diluted with water. It's a syrupy flavouring and not something that you'd drink on its own. Once you've diluted it, it's still referred to as cordial. It's also mostly drunk by children.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2019, 04:56:30 AM »
And I'll add a thing to Tassie Dave's statement about cordial. Cordial, to me, is always diluted with water. It's a syrupy flavouring and not something that you'd drink on its own. Once you've diluted it, it's still referred to as cordial. It's also mostly drunk by children.

It seems to be a Tassie thing (calling fizzy beverages cordial) What you call cordial is also called cordial here, just to confuse things ;)

We usually only add an adjective if we want to differentiate between the 2. ( 'fizzy cordial' or 'water cordial', because you add water )

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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2019, 10:05:29 AM »
I found this great map. its from 2003 but i'm guessing it hasn't changed that much.

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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2019, 10:14:52 AM »
Soda is a white powered used in baking.

Also used in making carbonated drinks.

It's called soda around here.

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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2019, 11:28:17 AM »
It's interesting how segmented that map is.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2019, 12:04:49 PM »
I live in pop-land but deliberately use "soda" as an affectation.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2019, 01:47:27 PM »
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2019, 02:54:50 PM »
I'm from California, it is soda and nobody said anything different but that one guy, and we all know what kind of guy he was.  First guy I knew who owned a home video machine and camera. 

I'm no living in pop country and if my kids ever call it pop their getting kicked out of the the house and disowned.

I remember the first time I heard coke used as a generic word for carbonated beverages.

Cashier, "what drink would you like with that?"
Me, "Coke."
Her, "what kind of coke?"
...long pause...
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Me, "What kinds of coke do you have?"
her, "you know, coke coke, orange coke, sprite coke......."
Me, Looks around for a hidden camera, "Coke coke?"


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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2019, 03:11:27 PM »
Calling it coke when you don't want a cola doesn't make any sense to me.   That would be like using "OJ" for orange juice, or apple juice, or grape juice, etc.

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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2019, 03:37:33 PM »
Here, tonic is a carbonated beverage containing quinine.
And the quinine taste was an excuse to add gin.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #42 on: August 19, 2019, 03:58:25 PM »
Calling it coke when you don't want a cola doesn't make any sense to me.   That would be like using "OJ" for orange juice, or apple juice, or grape juice, etc.

Try living on Coca-Colas back porch and look in any direction. It wont be long before they have drones that follow you around and tell you how great they are. .

It does actually make a little sense, much like calling gelatin "Jell-o" 

When they put up Pepsi billboards for the Super Bowl people went out of their minds with anger and fear. It was like the world was ending.

I drank Pepsi growing up but now I don't really like any Cola. That goes double for Sprite and similar.

I like the flavors, Orange, Grape, Cream, and especially the root beers, classic root, birch, and ginger.

The classic way to drink coke in the south is with 3 salted peanuts added to a glass bottle.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #43 on: August 19, 2019, 04:07:32 PM »
Calling it coke when you don't want a cola doesn't make any sense to me.   That would be like using "OJ" for orange juice, or apple juice, or grape juice, etc.

Try living on Coca-Colas back porch and look in any direction. It wont be long before they have drones that follow you around and tell you how great they are. .

It does actually make a little sense, much like calling gelatin "Jell-o" 

When they put up Pepsi billboards for the Super Bowl people went out of their minds with anger and fear. It was like the world was ending.

I drank Pepsi growing up but now I don't really like any Cola. That goes double for Sprite and similar.

I like the flavors, Orange, Grape, Cream, and especially the root beers, classic root, birch, and ginger.

The classic way to drink coke in the south is with 3 salted peanuts added to a glass bottle.
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Re: Soda, Pop, Coke, or other?
« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2019, 04:15:14 PM »
It does actually make a little sense, much like calling gelatin "Jell-o"

Almost.  It's like calling all gelatin of all manufacturers and all flavours "Lime Jell-o".
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