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Do You Say Coke, Pop, or Soda?
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Re: Cherry Coke
  • 11/6/2017 7:41:18 AM
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Apparently some countries use cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and thus a preference for that particular taste. I grew up in Ohio where all was "pop." For some reason I felt that was a silly name and always said "coke." Then moving to the South found it's now soda which also seem peculiar to me and I never used that word either.

Re: Regional Terms Ring Familiar
  • 11/5/2017 4:59:43 PM
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Facinating story of soda!

It would be great to learn more about the standardization of language. I'm sure you're right about media influence on the most secluded areas. I imagne a number of regional terms have died to a standard usage.

Re: Regional Terms Ring Familiar
  • 11/3/2017 9:22:18 AM
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As the saying goes, "Another country heard from..." In my case that country is eastern New England. What we called those beverages growing up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire isn't in the graphic. "Tonic" was the catchall term. For years that was one of the ways that New Yorkers would make fun of us, saying we were drinking hair tonic.

The irony is that 1) Nobody uses hair tonic any more, and 2)Almost nobody in New England still calls a Coke or Pepsi "tonic."

I attribute the death of "tonic" as a beverage term to the growth of mass media and the fact that as a society we've all gone a bit more global, or at least national, in our language. In my region the generic beverage term is either "soda" or "coke" probably because that's what we hear through TV and movies. It looks like "pop" is still holding on, but I'll bet that it shows signs of fading in the coming generations.

I could be fun to think about other parts of our parochial languages that have become more standardized because of the influence of mass media.

Re: From childhood
  • 11/2/2017 9:35:21 AM
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Lyndon, I do remember egg cream, didn't care for it either. But had friends that would go crazy over it. There wasn't a rigid recipe for making it so an egg can or would be added for texture and flavor. Chocolate syrup was also an add-on option for a nickel. I've seen it hand whipped and machine whipped. I believe that there's a southern connection in its origin because most that I've known to like it had some southern link.

Re: From childhood
  • 11/2/2017 9:19:10 AM
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@Lyndon_Henry I think you'd have to be a New Yorker with some nostalgic leanings to even think of an egg cream today. I've heard of it but don't see it being on offer in most places. Like the rest of the country, New Yorkers likely go in for fancy coffees rather than soda and ice cream drinks. And we wouldn't dream of saying "pop." 

Re: From childhood
  • 11/1/2017 11:08:31 PM
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..

Rbaz writes

I grew up in Brooklyn and frequented the corner soda shops. But the downside of the soda fountain dispensing was not uniform, so some had a higher ratio of syrup to seltzer than others.

... Which brings back my own memories of my days in New York City. Most of the time I worked in the Bronx. Several times I went with co-workers over break or lunch to a cafe or coffee shop down the street from our worksite.

I would usually get a cup of coffee, but some of my companions would order an "egg cream", a kind of fizzy sweet concoction which however seemed to contain neither eggs nor cream. It had chocolate, something fizzy (maybe seltzer), and I think perhaps a dash of milk. It was served in something like an ice cream soda-type glass. I've never been able to understand its appeal.

I'm using the past tense, but it's probably still a favorite beverage of New Yorkers today, for all I know ...

 

The Last Frontier
  • 11/1/2017 12:36:31 PM
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I get that geographically Alaska is the largest state; still the regional differences showing up there are pretty fascinating. That's the stuff of a great cultural anthropology thesis!

Re: Cherry Coke
  • 11/1/2017 12:32:40 PM
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Thanks for mentioning Mexican Coke, impactnow, which has a huge fan base here in southern California and, I suspect, in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Whudda thunk cola could get so specialized?

I was a pop guy...
  • 11/1/2017 12:29:47 PM
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I was a pop guy from Denver til I moved to the East Coast and tired of the quizzical looks I got when I used that term. Now that I live in California, I happily consume my artisanally fermented sparkling water beverages, which most people just call kombucha. 

Re: Cherry Coke
  • 10/31/2017 10:10:39 PM
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impactnow, I have to admit it's been like 15 years since I was last at the World of Coke. I've heard from people who have been there recently, however, that the "all you can drink" display still exists, though I don't know what is featured there these days. You should go and find out ; )

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