What word do you use for 'soft drinks'?

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Posted by Kevlar101 (6144 posts) 7 months, 4 days ago

Poll: What word do you use for 'soft drinks'? (62 votes)

Soda 35%
Pop 27%
Soft Drink 21%
Tonic 0%
Carbonated Beverage 3%
Other.... (please specify) 13%

I live in Tennessee, and I call it soda.

I am curious as to what others call it. I wanna see the statistics. It would help if you note your general location as well.

#1 Posted by mems_1224 (47147 posts) -

Coke

#2 Edited by Kevlar101 (6144 posts) -

@mems_1224 said:

Coke

Weird, considering that it's a brand, yet it's used as a general word for soda-pop.

#3 Posted by foxhound_fox (88393 posts) -

Soda, pop, soda pop and club soda (in the case of unsweetened soda water).

@Kevlar101 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Coke

Weird, considering that it's a brand, yet it's used as a general word for soda-pop.

Coke is synonymous with cola in most places in North America.

#4 Edited by mems_1224 (47147 posts) -

@Kevlar101 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Coke

Weird, considering that it's a brand, yet it's used as a general word for soda-pop.

Kleenex is a brand but most people know what you mean when you ask for a kleenex.

#5 Posted by konvikt_17 (22237 posts) -

Soda

had a friend who used to call it "Soda Water" when i lived in Texas.

#6 Posted by foxhound_fox (88393 posts) -

@mems_1224 said:

@Kevlar101 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Coke

Weird, considering that it's a brand, yet it's used as a general word for soda-pop.

Kleenex is a brand but most people know what you mean when you ask for a kleenex.

Kleenex (facial tissue), Q-tips (cotton swab), Band-Aid (adhesive bandages), Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), etc.

#7 Posted by xxyetixx (1295 posts) -

Coke

#8 Edited by GamerForca (7094 posts) -

I say "carbonated beverage" each and every time that I refer to soft drinks.

#9 Posted by mems_1224 (47147 posts) -

@konvikt_17 said:

Soda

had a friend who used to call it "Soda Water" when i lived in Texas.

I've lived in Texas all my life and have never heard anyone call it that.

#10 Edited by MrGeezer (56364 posts) -

@GamerForca said:

I say "carbonated beverage" each and every time that I refer to soft drinks.

But not all soft drinks are carbonated. Like, Kool-Aid is a soft drink, but you'd be flatout wrong if you called it a carbonated beverage.

#11 Posted by GoldenElementXL (3208 posts) -

Pop duh. All the rest are wrong.

#12 Posted by Iszdope (9989 posts) -

Here, in Ngunnawal country, we call 'em 'soft drinks'.

#13 Posted by hippiesanta (9867 posts) -

isnt this an old topic revival??

#14 Posted by Kevlar101 (6144 posts) -

@hippiesanta said:

isnt this an old topic revival??

Not even a little bit.

#15 Edited by BranKetra (48623 posts) -

I usually talk about a brand name soda specifically (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, etc.). Otherwise, I call them drinks.

#16 Posted by PSP107 (11899 posts) -

Pop

#17 Edited by Nengo_Flow (9766 posts) -

Soda-Pop was its original reference.

People over the decades have made it just "Soda".

Soda is what things in the realm of Coca Cola and Pepsi are called.

Pop is use by weird people in america and canada. Not very many people use pop.

Soft Drinks if you want to be politically correct. But Soft Drinks include more than the term Soda generally accounts for. For example Teas, chocolate milks, and energy drinks arent sodas, but they are soft drinks.

Coke if you life in illiterate places of America and are really trying to say soda.

#18 Edited by Nengo_Flow (9766 posts) -

@hippiesanta said:

isnt this an old topic revival??

we get one of these every 6 months.

#19 Posted by one_plum (6355 posts) -

Toilet cleaner

#20 Posted by Stranger_36 (481 posts) -

Soda.

#21 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (17406 posts) -

Pop. Anyone who says otherwise is just plain WRONG!

#22 Posted by Master_Live (14652 posts) -

Coke or Soda.

#23 Posted by Kevlar101 (6144 posts) -

@LostProphetFLCL said:

Pop. Anyone who says otherwise is just plain WRONG!

No. You are wrong.

#24 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

Pop because thats how it is in ohio!

#25 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

I call all soft drinks "nonalcoholic beverages". And I don't think you care about my location for I am what you would call a statistical anomaly or an outlier, relative to the scope of your statistical interest that is.

#26 Posted by Lord_Daemon (24258 posts) -

I generally say Pop or Coke.

#27 Posted by Shmiity (5129 posts) -

I actually say "soft drink".

#28 Posted by thereal25 (443 posts) -

@GamerForca said:

I say "carbonated beverage" each and every time that I refer to soft drinks.

Would you like a "carbonated beverage" with that?

#29 Edited by Jd1680a (5941 posts) -

I would say Coke as a general term for soft drink even when there is Pepsi or RC Cola on the menu.

#30 Edited by thegerg (15251 posts) -

It depends on the drink. I use words like soda, tea, tonic, juice, Coke, etc.

#31 Edited by bowchicka07 (1075 posts) -

I usually say pop or soda or sometimes more specific I.E. coke, DP, Dew.

#32 Posted by comp_atkins (31432 posts) -

soda

#33 Edited by byof_america (1379 posts) -

@k2theswiss: my HS football coach called it soda and he was from Ohio. He asked the students in his US history class what we called soft drinks and when everyone replied soda he was surprised because he thought soda was an "Ohio/ Mid west" thing.

#34 Edited by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

Soda

#35 Edited by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

Not coke. You ask for a soda. Saying coke is silly. You say soda or pop or anything other then coke. Kleenex or q tip or whatever are not an equivalent example. Never ever ever ever ever ever say coke. Ever eve ever ever ever. The ONLY reasonable exception is for generic off brand cola

Now OBVIOUSLY the normal thing to do is to use the actual name for the soda you want, but that's beside the point

#36 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

Why is Coke not one of the options? Anyway, I say either soda or coke.

#37 Edited by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

@Kevlar101 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Coke

Weird, considering that it's a brand, yet it's used as a general word for soda-pop.

It's not weird at all. QTip and Kleenex are used as generic terms also when those are brands.

#38 Edited by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

No no no no no no no no no

Coke is not the same as Kleenex

#39 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -
@Nengo_Flow said:

Coke if you like in illiterate places of America and are really trying to say soda.

lol...

#40 Posted by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

I can't fathom the pro-coke mindset

#41 Edited by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

Like does coke as a general term refer to stuff like dr pepper or Mountain Dew

#42 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

@dave123321 said:

Like does coke as a general refer to stuff like dr pepper or Mountain Dew

Yes. It's commonly used as a general term for sodas.

#43 Posted by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

That's insane

#44 Edited by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

Sometimes I say pop and sometimes I say soda. What I don't say is give me one, because I don't drink pop and haven't in almost a year.

#45 Posted by LJS9502_basic (151089 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

Soda, pop, soda pop and club soda (in the case of unsweetened soda water).

@Kevlar101 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Coke

Weird, considering that it's a brand, yet it's used as a general word for soda-pop.

Coke is synonymous with cola in most places in North America.

No it's not. That's a southern thing.

#46 Posted by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

I am glad LJ is on the side of sanity

#47 Posted by Trender_man (137 posts) -

coke

#48 Edited by dave123321 (34075 posts) -

The right side of history

#49 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

@dave123321 said:

Like does coke as a general term refer to stuff like dr pepper or Mountain Dew

Not in my parts. You ask for a Coke and that's exactly what you get. They won't ask you what kind of pop you want because you just told them by saying Coke.

#50 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

@MrGeezer said:

@GamerForca said:

I say "carbonated beverage" each and every time that I refer to soft drinks.

But not all soft drinks are carbonated. Like, Kool-Aid is a soft drink, but you'd be flatout wrong if you called it a carbonated beverage.

That is the first time I have ever heard of somebody calling Kool Aid soft drink. I have heard it called Kool Aid, Ghetto Juice and juice, but never soft drink.