September 15, 2011
Map of the Day
Pop, Soda, or Coke? Here's a map of the generic name for soft drinks. The answer is clearly pop.
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Posted by: Tanya Marsh | Sep 15, 2011 5:43:41 AM
I don't think I'd say it's clearly pop. I'm guessing you're making that assertion based on the number of counties saying pop being more than the other options. I think if you considered population (no pun intended), soda would be the clear victor. Off the top of my head, in the soda counties you have New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco/San Jose and San Diego. That's 6 of the 10 most populated cities in the country.
Posted by: Ryan | Sep 16, 2011 3:06:24 PM
Does the use of "Coke" in the South reflect a generic term, or a preference for the specific term? Native Texans refer to a Dr. Pepper (first bottled in Waco) as a Dr. Pepper, not as a Coke--and ask for a Dr. Pepper specifically when that's what they want. Perhaps Northeasterners don't have such refined tastes in soft drinks.
Posted by: Josh Tate | Sep 20, 2011 11:04:00 PM