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My whole life it was always "Gimmie a pop"...

 

Then when I was in the Marines I live in California for a while and it's been "may I have a soda" ever since.

 

Soda vs Pop map of U.S. click here.

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I started calling it soda so I didn't sound like such a redneck only to find you people call it pop also. vOv
As a native Chicagoan, I've always called it pop; my aunts and uncles called it soda-pop. Any brown, soft-drink that bubbled.
There is actually a beverage called Soda, or Soda Water (clear, carbonated water, containing sodium) not to be confused with Seltzer (clear, carbonated water, without sodium). I'm sure there are other differences, but that's the gist of it.
I guess to answer the question . . . I ask for Coke (meaning Coca-Cola) (preferred over Pepsi). I ask for Ginger Ale (when in Jamaica, with my rum). I ask for Root-Beer. I ask for Seltzer (with my bourbon). I never ask for Soda.
61 years in Chicago; baptized at Lady of Sorrows and went to school at Resurrection, Iggys and after they bounced me Austin. I call it soda. I also call an empty lot a "prairie".
"koolaid" I hate carbonation....
I use both interchangeably
Regarding "Mikey" :

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/poprocks.asp

H3N3 said:
Let's see, the rest of the related info .. .

Oh yeah, and you know that "Mikey" kid from the Life commercials in the 70s?
You'll never guess how he died . . .
I ask for a refreshing carbonated beverage.

Or a sodapop.

Or drink something healthy.
This is also the protocol in Mississippi. Once it's determined that you want a sweetened carbonated beverage, the follow up question is always, "What kind of Coke?" at which point you can designate a ginger ale or root beer.

spaghetti said:
Down in Atlanta, they called everything "Coke", which I never understood
Were you beaten on the knuckles with a ruler when you called it "pop?"

Old Tom said:
61 years in Chicago; baptized at Lady of Sorrows and went to school at Resurrection, Iggys and after they bounced me Austin. I call it soda. I also call an empty lot a "prairie".
Well . . . the part about the time he used a common kitchen appliance to dry his kitten is still true, isn't it?

mike w. said:
Regarding "Mikey" :

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/poprocks.asp

H3N3 said:
Let's see, the rest of the related info .. .

Oh yeah, and you know that "Mikey" kid from the Life commercials in the 70s?
You'll never guess how he died . . .
I said "pop" as a kid. Now I say both.
Using "Coke" as a generic term is idiotic. That would be like saying "Schwinn" for all bicycles.
What kind of Schwinn did you buy, Trek?

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