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Poll: Once and for all, what is it?

Soda! 30 (45%)
Pop. 27 (41%)
Coke. 2 (3%)
Soft Drink. 1 (2%)
Sodey Pop. 3 (5%)
Other. 3 (5%)
   Discussion: Once and for all, what is it?
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 19 years, 8 months ago
The answer is simple, in civilized areas it is known as soda, in places where reading is considered subversive it's known as pop.
J. Andrew World Back · 19 years, 8 months ago
But you are forgeting, a large part of this country, in non-Früvous speaking parts call it coke. It's coke, gosh darn it! COKE!
Brian Dinsky Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
does that make every tissue a Kleenex, or every cotton-swab a Q-Tip? Muahahahaha and other nasty stuff :D
Agent Scully Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
West of Syracuse, NY it's pop. East of Syracuse, it's Soda. There is a town in New York that is the division between soda and pop country. In Ontario, it's pop. For me, Pop forever and ever. :)

A page of reference (not meaning this is a correct ratio):

Why doesn't your comment look as though you're using the word "subversive" correctly. Maybe you are:

Subversive: 1 a systematic attempt to overthrow or undermine a government or political system by persons working secretly from within 2 obsolete : a cause of overthrow or destruction

::shrugs:: Back to the Soda/Pop Debate This debate could kill though. ;)
Josh Woodward Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
wow, what a cool site! for those too lazy to actually *go* there,
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Yup... exactly as Gordon said.... Blue indicates "educated".


(So, how is there blue in FL?? Must be a glitch...)
Agent Scully Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I thought the same thing about FL when I saw the map. And don't you mean "edumacated?" =)
erica is so cold · 19 years, 7 months ago
its been pop my whole life...and i can read thank-you-very-much! i just can't spell well! but its POP!
A girl named Becca · 19 years, 7 months ago
"Pop" is one of those Rochesterian things that has always irked me, and against which I have crusaded my entire life. It's certainly not one of the worst....I'd rather hear "pop" for "soda" than "sense" for "since" or "leag" for "leg. But it still gets put on that list of regional speech pattern that I think is annoying. :)
Jan Klump Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I've lived on the east coast for 12 years now and I've learned to say, "soda" but it still is pop in my heart. A little Michigan stays with me.
Melinda J. Beasi Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Yes, mom!! I was thinking the same thing. They may have shamed me into saying "soda", but they can't change what's in my heart.

Mmmm... makes me want a nice cold can of Vernors... the best pop in the world.

:) M
Chaya Papaya Back · 19 years, 7 months ago least you don't have to hear melk...i hate's worse than sence or leag...i mean it's freaking MILK people...not melk...melk isn't even a's like calling a latke a latkey...i hate that too, by the way. yah, that brings me to another point, for all those complaining about rochesterisms, you don't have to listen to jewish rochesterisms...i mean that brings it to a whole new level...not only do they call it char-LOT (charlotte), and chaylay (chili), and don't forget layma (lima)...but you also have to have challey and eat latkeys...and trust me dolly, there are many more where those came from. as for is pop. and although i love and respect becca it will always be pop, no matter what she says. i mean what is SODA...i's just a word....pop makes's like how the hebrew word for bottle is bak-book...because when you pour out of a bottle it goes "bakbookbakbookbakbook...," pop is the sound...nay the essence of that fizzy beverage we all love. which leads me to let my true rochestarianism show...forget pop/soda/coke...etc., let's all just go out and buy $.70 liters of fizz and be damn happy! (if you've never had fizz i suggest you try it!)
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Ya know, I refuse to listen to what you're saying, since you call grinders "subs". Freak. ;)
Chaya Papaya Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
yah...well you have no eyes! and you're calling me a freak?
A girl named Becca Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Actually....I do have to hear "melk." A high school friend who shall remain nameless insists that that is the correct pronunciation. As in, she thinks that's what the phonetics in the dictionary mean, or that the dictionary is wrong. I mean, yikes. I love Rochester.
Misch Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Excuse me, Soda is the stuff that comes usually in a yellow Arm & Hammer box. If you want to go around and treat people for upset stomachs while drinking that "soda", you're more than welcome to. Meanwhile, i'll be kicking back with my Pop.
Agent Scully Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
You bake with soda and drink pop.

Andrea Krause · 19 years, 7 months ago
Soda all the way. And I even grew up in the midwest. But for some reason I grew up saying soda because my parents did. They're from Wisconsin....dunno what they say there!

Pop gets on my nerves. I don't know why. It's not like soda is all that accurate...but it sounds best to me. I totally can't grasp those who call EVERYTHING coke. Pepsi's recent commercials saying "if you want a pepsi, ask for a pepsi" or whatever make me wonder if they're trying to stamp out that practice. :)

Notice the bias in the quiz, though? :) Soda gets an exclamation point while everything else gets a period. Heee. :)

Melinda J. Beasi Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I suggest you read the conclusion reached by these fine students after their study then.

m so there. :P
Misch Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
A new teacher in Buffalo had just started her first year of classes. She was a big football fan. She brought up to her first grade class that she is a big Miami Dolphins fan. "Who else is a Miami Dolphins fan here?" Not wanting to be left out, they all raised their hands.

Except for one student.

The teacher asked her: "What team are you a fan of?"

The girl replied "The Buffalo Bills".

The Teacher retorted "Why are you a Buffalo Bills fan?"

"Because my parents are Buffalo Bills fans"

"That's not a good reason! Supose your parents were morons." The teacher asked. "What would you be then?"

THe girl thought about it for a moment and said "Then I'd be a Miami Dolphins fan."
Andrea Krause Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
They had an article about the site referenced by you fruheads above today on

These two quotes in it interested me because I'd wondered where I get my soda- ness from. I grew up in Ohio (well I came here at 7 but I was already a soda- loyalist before living in New England) but my parents and extended family were from Milwaukee. So I likely absorbed my family's words instead of my peers/neighbors. Neat. :)

"What has emerged is a swath of Coke votes across the South, pop votes in the Midwest and Canada, and soda votes in the Northeast and California, and -- curiously -- in St. Louis and Milwaukee"

"A kid hearing pop growing up in Ohio doesn't think, 'Hmm, that isn't sufficiently logical for me. I'm not going to use it," Vaux said. "They just use whatever they hear."
John J. Ryan · 19 years, 7 months ago
My roommate always argued for jimmies over sprinkles as those candies pieces you put on top of ice cream or cake. It's a North vs. South Jersey thing as well, as you could literally draw a line through the state where North says sprinkles and South says jimmies. What's do you call them?
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
The first place I heard them called jimmies was in Mass. So it's not just north vs south. Now what do you call a sandwich on a long piece of bread?

Smaller than what I have in my pants
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
It's a grinder, plain and simple. (though, sub can SOMETIMES be used as well...)

But, the real question is.... what do you call food wrapped in a tortilla-type object? cuz here in noho.. we've always called them "walkers".

Chaya Papaya Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
it's called a sub...plain and bite me, no-eyes!
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
*sobs* It's not MY fault that hair grew in place of my eye sockets!!!!!

You mean, heartless and cold minnesota chick!

Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
It's spelled (and called) Hoagie. Duh. :o)
Brian Dinsky Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
From what I've heard on numerous occasions, the dispute between Jimmies and Sprinkles is racial. "Allegedly": Jimmies is a racial slur for blacks. I very well may be wrong, so don't flame me. Just passing along what very well may be yet anothe urban myth. Perhaps it's just derived from the original color of jimmies/sprinkles being dark brown. Then again, maybe the color they happened to be was what sparked this possible rumor. Any thoughts that don't suck?
· 19 years, 7 months ago
hello! I think Jaci just wanted to see me rant about pop again! since Americans can't say it right anyway! ;-P
betsy =) · 19 years, 7 months ago
oh. my. god. it is so pop. or coke. i used to call everything coke. but people around here are stupid. so it's pop.
Bruce Rose Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I agree... people around here are stupid. But it's soda, not pop.
zil Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
its CRAP!... mostly bad for you, non nutritious, chemical ridden, CRAP! ......... ........ ......... pst...... and I've heard that mounatin dew makes you impotent!!! *teee heee*

emilie is CRANKY · 19 years, 7 months ago
i suppose i'm the only person who calls it a fizzy drink here, then :D or am i missing the point completely? okie, i'll just go hide now. :)
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
So then... it's not like ireland. hehe In Ireland they call all soda "minerals"...

I was so completely confused when I was there.... the menu said "minerals"... I was like, "Ummm... minerals?" and the guy was like, "Yah, we've got coke, sprite...etc".

Completely threw me off.


got used to it after the first few days there, though.
Agent Scully · 19 years, 7 months ago
Isn't that ice cream with pop mixed in it?

Ice Cream Sodas bought at an ice cream parlor or a soda fountain and sold by soda jerks. :)

and I can read as well, thankyouverymuch.
J. Andrew World · 19 years, 7 months ago
I am right and all of you are wrong!
zil Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
you're on crack.
nate... Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
Agreed... definitely a crackbaby. :)
bored, bored, bored.... · 19 years, 7 months ago
When I was a Grade 8, we'd get off the chesterfield, put on our toques and head down to Timmies to get some Tim-bits and pop, while dad went to the grog shop for a mickey of CC.


It's pop.
Jason Reiser · 19 years, 7 months ago
What about "phosphate"? Or "tonic"? Or "soft drink"?

I'm allowed to complain about the lack of options, right? I mean, this isn't Slashdot...

- Jason
Arbie Back · 19 years, 7 months ago
I like to put on a country accent and call it sod-y-pop. Thank y'all. yee-haw.

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