One of the clearest regional differences in the U.S. can found by tracking the words people use to refer to soft drinks, which is in fact the map you saw at the top of this story. Pop or soda, or even Coke, these small linguistic differences are not as small as we might think. While “soda” commands the Northeast and West Coast (green) and “pop” is in between (black), “Coke” reigns in the south (turquoise). These small distinctions can often act as touchstones for larger cultural differences.
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this. no one believes me when i tell them that we called all soda Coke in texas.
But.. if I want a Dr.Pepper and order it by saying Coke, I’ll get a Coke. I have yet to meet someone that orders a “pop” and is under 65 years old. But I still have a hard time understanding if you say coke at a drive though, how you get anything other than a coke? If I say coke to what drink I want, I’m going to get a coke. No one will ask what kind of coke I want…
I don’t understand..
okay it’s like you call it that in general. like, “you want a coke?” “yeah, orange please.” if you want a coke in the drivethrough, you say “coca cola please.” you wouldn’t just say “coke please.” that’d be like saying, “i want a soda, please.” you say the specific type.