A Coke by any other name

I was raised on pop. I’ve lived in places where it’s called coke. Which is descriptive if you’re cracking the top of a red and white can, but calling a root beer “coke” is disturbing to me. Now I live in a place where we call fizzy canned soft drinks “soda,” and I’ve adapted my regional vernacular accordingly. “It’s SOH-duh, I righteously tell my Minnesota relatives–now that I’m the soda-pop black sheep of the family. Somehow though I’m not winning any converts, and I trust neither will you. So what do you call it?

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