Pop vs. Soda

I have spent way too much time poking around this website tonight: Pop vs Soda. Not sure why, but I am finding it fascinating. You can get the stats based on your state and even your county as well.

I am a soda girl (and for the record I prefer Pepsi, although I rarely drink soda any more). Yet most of my relatives from New Jersey including my grandmother all called it pop.

Reminds me of the test I took a little while ago to see What Kind of American English I spoke.

Can you tell I am procrastinating about actually getting some things done? One thing that is great about the internet…you can always find ways to distract yourself from what you are supposed to be doing!


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I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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5 Responses to Pop vs. Soda

  1. Meg says:

    LOL – I always love this one. My Dad was from Phily and my Mom from Illinois, I grew up calling it ‘Soda pop’. Talk about a confused kid, huh. Anyway, you might like this site, we did – http://cfprod01.imt.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html

  2. I grew up calling it “Soda pop” – not sure why. My parents are from Kansas but I grew up in Seattle. When I went off to camp in Missouri I got horribly teased!

  3. Steph says:

    Wow! Somebody took the time to research this issue in depth? Amazing! :-) I like this kind of stuff too (I like anything related to language, actually) We call it “soda,” though my FIL alleged all we Southerners call it “pop” (and drink loads of it)!


  4. Robin says:

    So true!
    When I lived in Massachusetts, it was “soda.” In Kansas, it was “pop.” While living in Florida, we ordered a “coke.” Now that I’m living in Virginia, we either say “I’d like a soda” or “I’d like a soft drink.” …LOL, can you tell I’ve been around?

  5. floridamom says:

    Oh how funny. I haven’t checked the site yet, but just had to say this. I’m from New Jersey and I never heard anyone call it pop or soda pop until we moved to Florida. It was always soda. Of course, NJ, like many states has regional differences. I think I’ll check my old hometown as well as where I live now.