Admit it: you’ve argued over what you call your favorite carbonated beverages at one time or another. It may taste the same all over the world, but depending on your U.S. region, the names for soft drinks can vary:

  • Soda
    • Regions: the Northeast, greater Miami, St. Louis and surrounding areas and California
    • History: The name ‘soda’ originates from ‘soda water.’ The carbonation of soda water caused the word, soda, to be associated with all carbonated soft drinks.
  • Pop
    • Regions: the Northwest, Great Plains and Midwest
    • History: English poet, Robert Southey, introduced the word, ‘pop’ in 1812. He wrote, “A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda water and ginger beer, and called pop, because ‘pop goes the cork’ when it is drawn.”
  • Coke
    • Regions: the South, New Mexico, central Indiana
    • History: ‘Coke’ derives from the widely known Coca-Cola soft drink brand, which is manufactured in Atlanta. This explains why coke is the generic name for all soft drinks in the South.
  • Other Names
    • Not so popular names include “dope,” which is used in the Carolinas and “tonic,” which is used in and around Boston. If you venture outside of the U.S., you can find locals sipping on mineral (Ireland), pop (Canada) or soft drink (New Zealand and Australia).

Regardless of what you call it, your local Sparkle Market has all of your favorite pop, soda, coke and/or tonic products!

So what do YOU call it? Soda? Or Pop?

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