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Pop-Soda Map In the United States, people have different words for a soft drink.  If you go to a restaurant and want to order one, it's good to know what to expect.
Here is a map to show you where people use each term.  According to this map, most people call a soft drink a "pop."  This is the word they use most in Indiana (the state I live in).  In a restaurant, I might say this:

  • Me:  I'd like a pop, please.
  • Waitress:  What kind?
  • Me:  Sprite.

If you are in the northeast part of the United States, a region we call New England, the conversation in the restaurant might be like this:

  • Me:  I'd like a soda, please.
  • Waitress:  What kind?
  • Me:  Sprite.

My ex-husband, who was from Detroit, Michigan, used to call it a soda pop.  When we went to a restaurant, he would order like this:

  • Ex:  I'd like a soda pop, please.
  • Waitress:  What kind?
  • Ex:  Sprite.

In the southern part of the United States, though, they use the word Coke to mean a soft drink.  If I ordered in a restaurant there, it might sound like this:

  • Me:  I'd like a Coke, please.
  • Waitress:  What kind?
  • Me:  Sprite.

It can be confusing so if you're traveling in the United States, it's best to know all these words they may use for the same thing:  soft drink, soda, pop, soda pop, Coke.


Can you answer these questions?

  1. What are there other words for a soft drink?
  2. Which word is most used in Indiana?
  3. What kind of pop would I order?
  4. Which word is used the most in the United States?
  5. What do we call the region in the northeast of the United States?
  6. What word do they use for a soft drink in New England?
  7. Who used the term "soda pop"?
  8. Where was my ex-husband from?
  9. What part of the United States will call all soft drinks a Coke?
  10. Does where I travel make a difference in what people will call a soft drink?


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