Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pop vs. Soda

I grew up calling soft drinks "pop." But when I moved to New England, I realized that hardly anyone knew what pop was. Instead, virtually everyone calls it "soda," and a few even call it "tonic." Here's a fascinating map that shows, county by county, the most common term for soft drinks.

Click the map to enlarge it.


  1. North Carolina looks pretty confused. Must be where the melting pot gets stirred up.

  2. I noticed that. It seems like North Carolina is in somewhat of a soft drink identity crisis. There also seems to be a disproportionate number of "other" responses I wonder what term(s) they use.

    "What will you be having today, ma'am?"
    "I'll have one of those non-alcoholic drinks with bubbles in it."

  3. St. Louis is an epicenter for soda drinkers.