🗣 TOPIC: What’s it called in your state? What’s a food (or other) item your family says one way but one person says another?
In the United States, people use different terms to refer to carbonated beverages, and these terms vary depending on the region. The three most popular terms are:
→ Soda: This term is more commonly used on the East Coast and the West Coast.
→ Pop: People in the Midwestern U.S. typically use this term to refer to carbonated beverages.
→Coke: In some parts of the South, people use “Coke” or “Coca-Cola” as a generic term for carbonated beverages, regardless of the actual brand.
The 1812 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary claimed that carbonated, sweet beverages are called “pop” because “‘pop goes the cork’ when it is drawn”. Of course, language is fluid and ever-changing, so no one term is “right” or “wrong”.