Pop vs. soda vs. whatever
(Updated May 19, 2013)
It’s hard to imagine anyone spending much time browsing the Internet without coming across the colorful coke-pop-soda map, the one showing the preferred term for a carbonated drink in each U.S. county. I did a post on it myself about two years ago and then as now wondered what some of the “other” answers were. If people didn’t say coke, pop, or soda, what did they say?
Today I stumbled across a page that has compiled and is still compiling those answers (including some from Canada). “The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy” was created by Alan McConchie, who apparently was as curious about all those “other” answers as I was. He is still collecting information* on the site if you want to add your two cents’ worth. In addition, his version of the map I’ve shown here is clickable, with stats from each county.
“Pop” or “soft drink,” is what I usually say (I was raised in Oklahoma City), and “soft drink” is the #1 “other” answer. Rounding out the top five are 2. tonic, 3. soda pop, 4. drink, and 5. tarzan slam.
Never in my life, at least not in the parts I remember, have I heard of a tarzan slam.
*On May 19, 2013, the site was not available on Google. A cached copy of the survey’s results was still available.