A few weeks ago I brought up the Pepsi vs Coke debate, and how the brands take over college campuses. Whenever you mention soft drinks, you almost always end up in the Pop vs Soda vs Coke debate too. This site gives you a chance to have your voice heard over which term is most popular! (Be sure to check out the conclusion, which I strongly agree with.) [via Gretchen]
I grew up in Illinois. My parents are from North Dakota and Minnesota. I called it “pop” when I was a kid. Then I moved to Texas when I was 15. They call it “Coke” down here. It doesn’t matter which soft drink you’re really drinking, it’s a “Coke”. Here is how it would go:
Friend: I’m going to go get a Coke. Would you like one?
Me: No. I’m not thirsty, thanks.
Friend leaves. Returns with Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, whatever.
Me: I thought you were going to get a Coke?
Friend: Yeah, I did.
Me: But … that’s a (insert drink name here).
Friend: Yeah. And???
And I would be left with a puzzled look on my face.
Also amusing was when you would tell a waitress at a restaurant that you want a Coke. “Ok, what kind?” Uh, Coke? Yeahhhh…
I’ve adapted. I call it Coke all the time now too. Personally, I still think calling it “pop” makes more sense. However, you can get your ass kicked for that around here, so I’ll call it Coke. I know better then to ask for that sort of trouble! So, what about you? Coke? Pop? Soda? Which do you prefer to use?