Is a Coke by any other name…

Among the great historical either/or questions in history—Catholic or Protestant? North or South? Cake or death?—ranks the topic of “Pop or Soda”.

Personally I grew up in a county right on the border between the two lexiconic alternatives, but always called it “pop”.  Then I went away to college, and it’s been “soda” ever since, though the city I live in now is a “pop” town.

If you’ve ever wondered how the Pop/Soda/Coke monikers are distributed through the United States, the Strange Maps blog has a comprehensive map (via the popvssoda website) showing just that.  The post also sites some interesting information from a research article by a philology professor and senior editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English1.

(via Strange Maps)

  1. Luanne von Schneidemesser, PhD. Journal of English Linguistics (Soda or Pop?, #24, 1996)
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