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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2 Responses to A Coke by any other name

  1. Julie Wilson September 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    I come from the land of pop; Marquette, MI. (hardcore at 80-100%). After 30 years in Wisconsin (which I still pronounce “wis-con-son” not “wis-can-sin”) I’ve adapted, but when under pressure, I still ask if someone wants some pop.

    • Anonymous September 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

      I just chatted with a Facebook friend who was raised in Ohio. Some of her kin called it “tonic.” Hmmmm.

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