I stumbled upon an interesting map recently as I surfed the web. (click on map to enlarge)
Growing up in northwestern Ohio, I assumed that everyone called carbonated soft drinks "pop." You can see on the map how solidly my part of the state opts for that word usage. Then my aunt Janet who also grew up in my hometown moved to St. Louis. On visits back to Ohio, she called it "soda." Then I attended college at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. There I was introduced to all kinds of "pop" I had never seen or heard of — Nehi fruit-flavored pops, RC Cola, among them. And yet the people from Greenville called them all "Coke." To me "Coke" was a certain brand of pop — I guess it's like calling all tissues "Kleenex?"
At BJU, I met students from all over the country. Some of them called pop "soda pop" and still others "tonic," which fits into the "other" category on the map above.
What do they call pop where you live? Is the map accurate for your locale?
"Find your feast in Christ, and let the storms rage." — Drew Conley
Some drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.
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