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Pop vs Soda


By Kasey Brown / LifeAtStart.com Reporter

A few months ago I took a trip to Georgia. While I was there I had McDonald’s, and ordered a pop. The lady taking my order made a confused face then realized I meant I wanted a fountain drink. She gave a small chuckle then asked if I was from the North because I called it pop instead of soda.

I smiled and said that I was. This encounter made me wonder why soft drinks have different names in different areas and I thought I’d share my research.

Soda or soda pop is mostly used on the coasts. Carbonated soft drinks are normally called soda because sodium bicarbonate was used to make them.

Pop is mostly used in the North. The origins of the word can be traced back to 1900s, when people called it pop to refer to the pop noise that it makes after being opened. It also is a shorter way to say soda pop.

The word Coke is often used in the Southern states. Because Coke was manufactured in the South and  it was the drink choice there for so long people began to use it as the term for all soft drinks.

Whether you call it soda, pop, or coke just depends on the region you’re from or what people around you call it. I hope you found this informative.

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