Map of the U.S. showing what people call soda/pop/cokeSep 10, 2010 • By Abraham • 46(via) Share on Facebook Ready for Another One?Give us a few more minutes and we'll make you laugh, cry, gasp, or ache... Guaranteed! The unreliability of scientific peer review Final words to a loved one Get the best of 22 Words in your inbox Like 22 Words on Facebook Comments Joanna says: How on earth do people manage to get the research funding to do stuff like that? AStev says: As I recall, this study was voluntary. Consequently, results should definitely be taken with a grain of salt, as rural counties probably had very few (if any) voluntary respondents, so the margin of error is much higher. John T. Meche III says: You Yankee poppers will see the error of your ways! The Coke shall rise again! talley says: huzzahs from sc! Doc Pemberton says: Amen! Jan says: Now! This is a very useful post! Thank you! Amber says: LOL this is hilarious. I’m in linguistic grad school and we made a similar map (though not as extensive) based on information gathered from students from all over the US. Matched up rather nicely, I might say. :) Amber says: I might also add it wasn’t an assignment. We did it for fun over lunch. And yes, all linguistics are pretty much nerds. ;) Amber says: Linguists*. Dang auto correct. Gigi says: I call it soda pop…. Bill B says: Tonic in MA growing up to Soda in NJ where I live now. My dad used to live in MI where they called it pop. Ray Fowler says: I grew up in New England calling it tonic. When I first moved out to California and called it tonic, all people could think about was drinking hair tonic. Martina says: So I’m guessing by quick glance that soda wins population-wise. Interesting that coke was most popular in the south. Living in Nashville I rarely hear anyone say coke (unless they’re ordering coca-cola). Most people say soda. Of course, Nashville is a city where people are from all over the country: especially California and Texas and Pennsylvania, it seems. talley says: nashville doesn’t count as the south anymore =) coming from the south, i’d say it’s more midwestern. eric says: “Soda” would win. The areas are more populated. Nikki says: Wheee! Pop wins! BradyLee says: Weren’t these about the same lines as the Civil War? Jr says: Ha! Ya, there’s even a sort of a Missouri Compromise going on. Laura says: Love it! Not surprised to see that “Coke” took my county. I say “soda” a lot, but that is because I’m trying to sound pretentious. Would like to see a list of the most popular “other”s. Denita says: I’ve grown up all my life in Texas, and I just call a drink by its name. If I want a Dr. Pepper (my preferred poison) I ask for one, if all they have is Coke then Coke it is, if all they have is root beer, that’s what it’s called. Now I have to say I’m an odd bird: my Dad is Texan but my Mom is from Missouri, so I’m a linguistic hybrid. I have West Texas friends who ask mewhar flavor cole i want… LOL. Denita says: *coke I want… Obnoxious tiny iPod keypad… Sandra says: I lived deep in “coke” country (Okla. & Texas) for most of my life. I’m in PA now and live in the soda side. Very interesting! Stephen May says: Trinity County, California, what is wrong with you? Well, other than the total population of less than 15,000. jmo says: Stephan,2 out of 14,000 is nowhere near a representative sample. That being said I think we were the only county in California where Ross Perot won.J Stephen May says: Only meant to tease, not offend. Sorry. Sean says: What’s with St Louis?And yes, this is an awesome map. I’m forwarding this on. Andrew N. says: I actually live in St. Louis, and yeah… we’re weird. I think most people here are ashamed to live in Missouri because the rest of the country thinks we’re all rednecks. So we say soda because it’s more refined.I live outside city limits and am a redneck, but I still call it soda. Chris Land says: I called them coke and soda. I am also from Texas. Dr Pepper is in its own league of extrordinary carbonated beverages. Donny says: Here are the stats behind Tennessee’s results, broken down by county.http://popvssoda.com/countystats/TN-stats.htmlI’m seeing some sampling bias here. My home county, Monroe, only had one respondant. I’m not sure that’s representative of the entire county, even if it is representative of me. Skye says: I found my county! :D Yay! Go Iowa! (The guys who made this have no life) :) Kelly @ Love Well says: I wonder what “other” is. High fructose corn syrup bubble drink? It’s not very catchy. Donny says: I heard soda referred to as a “dope” at work once. That one surprised me. Laura says: Are you *sure* they were talking about soda? :) Donny says: Pretty sure. Maybe. Yes, I’m sure. :) KBL says: Yup, in the ‘old’ days (long before my time) in the South on occasion sodas were called “dope”. Maybe it had to do with the fact that Coke/Pepsi actually had opiates in them originally.I remember calling it “coke” & soft drinks, later sodas. But my mom was from New England (by way of Ohio) & my dad was from Western North Carolina. I grew up in the Capital, Raleigh. andie says: I find the random red counties in UT and NV to be sort of funny. KP says: I wonder which 2 Canadians were fishing on the American side and messed up the survey in Lake of the Woods county.Kidding, kidding, eh? kirsty says: Here in Scotland, we would call them ‘Fizzy Drinks’ or ‘Fizzy Juice’. Or, in a broad Glasgow accent, ‘Ginger’.I did see a supermarket sign labelled ‘Bottled Carbonates’ once. Richard T says: Interesting, over in aussieland it is generally always referred to as soft drink. JoeS says: Coke is to soft drinks what Kleenex is to facial tissue; brand names that have become representative of a whole category of products. I blame Atlanta for infecting the whole south.I have lived in “Pop” country my whole life but have started calling it “soda” for no real reason over the last couple years. Melanie says: I knew before I looked closely that my area (the birthplace of Coca-cola) would be 100% Coke. I commonly say, “Would you like some coke? I have Sprite, Dr. Pepper, and Mountain Dew.” One of the many reasons I love the South. John says: My family has lived in the deep South “forever”, meaning that I have never had a sibling, parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, and so on that lived for a meaningful amount of time north of the Mason-Dixon. I have NEVER heard of anyone with even a modicum of education refer generically to all soft drinks as “Coke”. That is simply a silly notion. If I went to a snack bar and wanted to order a Mountain Dew, for instance, what do you think I would ask for at the counter? Or if someone had a selection of soft drinks in their refrigerator (Dr. Pepper, Fanta Orange, and Sprite, let’s say), it would be completely absurd for me to tell some company “I’ve got some Cokes. Would you like one?”This is one of those myths that gets perpetuated and I have absolutely no clue how. Nicole says: In my county, Coke won over Pop by 5 votes. I’m still calling it pop. Nyperold says: Interesting. I’m in a county where “soda” is the majority term, surrounded by “Coke” counties. Makes sense, as I’ve only ever heard *of* people using “Coke” to refer to any soda, and never experienced it myself.Now we need one for “what dinner means” if there isn’t already. ;) Andy says: I lived in a border area for awhile, where people were loyal to either pop or soda, and honestly, they were also ridiculously rude about it as well, as though they knew without a doubt that the term they used was clearly the only correct term for a “soft drink.” You can’t just tell people your term is right because you say it is. This is a situation where nobody is right or wrong, and that’s ok, because it doesn’t matter, we’re just talking about names for drink. We use a certain term based on where we were born and what term we heard growing up, we did not just happen to choose to use the correct one. As long as people know what you’re talking about, any of these terms are fine. Coke does pose a threat to that theory, however, as it has the potential to lead to confusion. Other products that have come to be named after a brand, such as Kleenex or Q-Tips do not have the variables that a carbonated beverage can have. If you ask for a Q-Tip, and receive a Johnson & Johnson brand product, it is still basically the same thing. The quality may vary, but the item is ultimately more or less the same thing. If you ask for a coke and someone gives you a Sprite and you really wanted a Coca Cola, there is a massive difference. There is a need for clarification that goes along with usage of the term coke, that is not a problem with any of the other terms. With that said, if you live in a coke dominant area, you obviously dont’ want to start using soda, or you may alienate yourself and confuse others. Yan says: I live in pop country but I say soda. If I’m talking to certain people I sometimes involuntarily say pop. I don’t understand the whole “calling all soft drinks coke” thing, it sort of annoys me. But there is one thing I’m sure most of us can agree on; people who call soft drinks tonic are strange.