Soda is north east and west coasts, midwest is pop. And Michael is right about Coke no matter how odd. ;-)
Milwaukee area is an exception to "Midwest is pop." We grew up saying soda. It is one of the few unresolved conflicts in my marriage.
We Milwaukeeans also say "bubbler" for drinking fountain and "jimmies" for sprinkles (like on ice cream). I once heard a theory that these East Coast expressions came with Gimbels, which for many years had stores only in New York, Boston, and Milwaukee.
Gabe said:Soda is north east and west coasts, midwest is pop. And Michael is right about Coke no matter how odd. ;-)
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