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Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Soda, Pop, or Coke

I admit, I have a few pet peeves that drive me nuts. Most of the time, I have a reason for it. Today in speech class, we were talking about different areas, and different takes on the English language.

"All at once," the professor said. "Which one? Soda, Pop, or Coke? Go."

I'm fairly sure that I was the only one in the room to declare Soda, but I said it loud, and I said it proud. Loud enough that it seemed to the teacher that I was not the only one.

I said it strong, and with emphasis. And I said it with reason. Though there are times where I may not have very much behind what negative feelings I may have towards something, this topic was valid.

I used to work in a movie theater. I gave people what they asked for. Usually, things got backed up, and I would multitask at the drink dispenser with my back to the customer.

"I want a pop," they would say. All I would hear was the word pop. My mind began to work.

Pop = Popcorn = Danny's department. Not my problem. I can continue to work on what I already have.

"HEY! Where's my Drink?!"
Upset customer. I'm blamed.

"I want a coke," they would say. So I gave them what they asked for; whatever dark soda was in the usual place of Coke.

"HEY! I wanted a Sprite!"
Upset customer. I'm blamed.

For clarity of the workers, and betterment of your order, please. Refrain from using pop or coke. Soft Drink is acceptable. Carbonated beverage will work, but is a mouthful, and unnecessary.

Of course, you could always just say the product name, like a large Mountain Dew, or a small Dr. Pepper, and would save both time and confusion.

Definitely a regional thing. The South likes "coke" and then after you say "sure I want one" they ask you what kind...Sprite, Coke, Dr. Pepper. In the MW area, it is divided. You know people are from WI when they say "soda". You know they are from MN when they say "pop".
LGrant   Thursday, January 20, 2011
I've always said pop.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, January 20, 2011
Pop is what we called my grandfather, so I say soda. I always have...
K8Day   Thursday, January 20, 2011
I grew up saying "pop". (Colorado) I moved to Atlanta and my local friend called EVERYTHING a Co-Cola. Don't drink any of it but I call them soft drinks. I'd definitely order it by brand name! I mean, I don't just order a beer, I ask for a Highland Gaelic Ale! Same, same.
pegi   Thursday, January 20, 2011
Pop from Michigan-drinks(we are going to get drinks for the picnic)Concord, NC
dannie   Friday, January 21, 2011
I grew up calling to "sodey".....but have changed to soda....I rarely say pop
RickMonday   Friday, January 21, 2011
I specify diet coke, diet sprite, etc. I don't call all soft drinks coke (from NC). However, I don't like Pepsi products and choose water over Pepsi.
Merritt   Friday, January 21, 2011
Mountain Dew used to be my favorite, but then we started using RC products at the theater, so that changed my mind.
TheGreenRanger   Friday, January 21, 2011
I said soda until I moved to the Midwest. All these Chicago people in Champaign say pop and it has started to slip into my vocab.
Ben H   Friday, January 21, 2011
I say soda or soda pop.
soundchick   Friday, January 21, 2011
I say soda, but don't drink the stuff.
Angi   Friday, January 21, 2011
At home with my parents and older family (from Texas) I'll ask for a coke, and they'll tell me what kind. With most other people, and especially at a restaurant (or theater), I'll say soda.
girlcarew   Saturday, January 22, 2011
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