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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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Oddly I was at a stand up show last night and this was discussed at length...as well as "bubbler" being a water fountain in some places and a bong in others..
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. ;-)
It's both. I'll have a soda pop, thanks.
In Oakland CA a jimmie is a condom... Hella right Bro! I had my Jimmie on when I did that skank...

Michael M said:
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. ;-)
Thank you thank you thank you to XV!
I knew there was another Chicagoism based on the city's german-language roots like "you wanna come with?" that I couldn't think of.
http://www.thechainlink.org/forum/topics/cleaning-sand-off
Years ago I was in Orlando and asked the store clerk where did they keep the pop. He gave m e a strange look, when I asked what was wrong he told me that 'pop' in the area was crack cocaine! Since then wherever I go, I ask for a soft drink.
I used to say 'coke' all the time when I live down south. It may be a southern thing? Now I'm pretty sure I always say 'soda'.
I had 2 pops Wednesday, that's more than I usually drink in a month.
in parts of new england..they call it 'a tonic'. now that is F'd up.....




Kevin Conway said:
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

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