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Tuesday, Apr 23, 2024 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I still call it “pop.” You?…

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  1. - Finally Out - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:28 pm:

    Funny, just had this conversation in Key West with a woman from Minnesota. Told her we would say soda or for us, Diet Coke. She said definitely pop.


  2. - Lt Guv - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:29 pm:

    Pop all day.


  3. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:29 pm:

    I was raised a pop person, but lately I’ve noticed I call it soda sometimes. Not sure why. Judging from this map, I’m not the only one straying from my roots.


  4. - Just a Citizen - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:29 pm:

    Pop


  5. - Ashland Adam - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:32 pm:

    Pop. Noticing I’m hearing ‘soda’ these days.


  6. - Colin O'Scopy - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:34 pm:

    Sodee Pop?


  7. - Evanston - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:35 pm:

    Been “soda” for me for all almost 30 years of my life


  8. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:36 pm:

    Pop


  9. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:36 pm:

    Pop. Though Colin, that’s what my Southern Illinois family called it–now moved to just soda.


  10. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:36 pm:

    And if I have to move to Canada to keep pop, I will.


  11. - Benjamin - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:36 pm:

    Still “pop.”


  12. - snowman61 - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:38 pm:

    From the north but the wife was from Southern Illinois. Married in 1985 and she and her family got me to change from pop to Soda


  13. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:39 pm:

    ===Sodee Pop===

    I hear that often in Spfld.


  14. - Nathan - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:40 pm:

    I grew up in that little Soda circle in the middle of the 1947 map. It’s nice to see us winning out :)


  15. - Treefiddy - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:41 pm:

    Originally from Springfield, always heard it called soda. Never heard the term ‘pop’ until I moved to southern Illinois in high school


  16. - Moved East - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:43 pm:

    I used to say pop, until I was given a blank stare by a clerk in the south. Now I almost always say soda.


  17. - Annon3 - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:45 pm:

    In Wisconsin they have always said soda, and it is yet another way to tell the flatlanders from the natives…


  18. - very old soil - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:45 pm:

    In say scotch on the rocks.


  19. - Amalia - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:47 pm:

    don’t think about it cause I don’t drink any of it.


  20. - Homebody - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:48 pm:

    Soda, like a civilized adult.


  21. - H-W - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:49 pm:

    Always call it Coke. (from Virginia / North Carolina border)


  22. - Frida's boss - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:50 pm:

    Pop


  23. - wildcat12 - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:51 pm:

    Soda, even though I was born in Georgia. Called it “Coke” more growing up and haven’t assimilated to “pop” since moving to Illinois.


  24. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 1:52 pm:

    Pop when I was a young ‘un. Tend to call it soda these days. At least once a year at a gathering this debate is held:) Reminds me of the salt or sugar debate for watermelon.


  25. - Blitz - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:05 pm:

    Pop mostly, but soda plenty. This map makes me want to start a new trend and call it a soft drink while ensuring I stick my pinky out when drinking. Carbonated beverage for formal occasions.


  26. - Norseman - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:05 pm:

    Pop.

    It was a continuing struggle to ensure the kids were taught appropriately despite their mom’s Springfield soddee upbringing.


  27. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:09 pm:

    Starting to call my carbonator the Pop Stream to stop this foolishness.


  28. - ClJ - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:10 pm:

    Soda. Always and forever. Parents and grandparents from central Illinois and suburban Chicago.


  29. - SteveM - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:11 pm:

    Quad Cities native, now Chicagoan and it’s Pop


  30. - New Day - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:12 pm:

    “I was raised a pop person, but lately I’ve noticed I call it soda sometimes. Not sure why. Judging from this map, I’m not the only one straying from my roots.”

    What 47 said. Almost exactly. I find myself calling it soda sometimes because so few people know what I mean when I say “pop.”


  31. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:16 pm:

    Called it pop from when we lived in Minnesota. We moved to South Carolina and the term was not Coke but “Co-Cola.”

    We moved to Illinois and the term was, without irony, “sodee.”

    Through all this i called it pop and I still do.


  32. - Matty - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:20 pm:

    Everything is soda, unless it’s brown, in which case it’s cola.


  33. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:20 pm:

    Shortly after moving to Chicagoland, I was cruely mocked for calling it “pop.”

    But I still use both.

    – MrJM


  34. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:23 pm:

    Born and raised Soda, and still am.
    Have to admit sometimes it may have sounded closer to sodee.
    As far as the Southern Coke thing, when I was young I heard it more as CoCola. It ran together as one word.


  35. - Aaron B - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:23 pm:

    Born and grew up in NE Illinois but I have been calling it soda for a long time now. I think pop just sounds dumb. I used to think that maybe my mother who grew up in Pennsylvania called it soda when I was younger but she insists she has called it pop for longer than I’ve been alive.


  36. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:25 pm:

    Pop, like the sophisticate that I am. I always thought “soda” was brutish and uncultured. /s maybe

    But, when ordering at any restaurant it is always coke.

    The 2023 map seems to further reflect the moral decay caused by millenials and gen z. /s (not really)


  37. - Which one is Pink. - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:29 pm:

    My grandfather was from southeast Kentucky so I heard it called Coke when I was a kid. Moved on to soda when I grew up.


  38. - Techie - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:33 pm:

    Still pop for me.


  39. - Northsider - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:40 pm:

    Pop.


  40. - The Magnificent Purple Walnut - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:44 pm:

    All along 103rd St on the South Side it was, is, and always will be pop. (at least east of the tracks at Vincennes.)


  41. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 2:50 pm:

    You’d get a soda from a soda jerk, who would you go to for a pop?


  42. - Amalia - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:02 pm:

    then again I might call it mixer


  43. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:05 pm:

    Some areas of Appalachia call it “dope”.

    https://blindpigandtheacorn.com/a-dope-is-a-soft-drink/


  44. - Suburban Mom - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:23 pm:

    Soda my whole life, but my mom grew up in New England. Definitely “pop” was more popular when I was in high school in the Chicago burbs


  45. - Banish Misfortune - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:37 pm:

    Grew up North side of Chicago, northern suburbs now, I still call it pop. I always remember my confusion when I went to Boston where people called it tonic. I wonder if they still do.


  46. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:46 pm:

    Always used to say pop. Now I catch myself saying soda sometimes. Sodee is heard quite often in the sticks. I don’t know why anyone would use Coke generically. I’m sure that causes a bit of confusion.


  47. - Just Lurking - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:50 pm:

    Pop. Pronounced “pahp”.

    In New England, old timers called it tonic.


  48. - Jaguar - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:57 pm:

    Pop. Soda is that clear carbonated liquid I sometimes put a splash of in my whiskey.


  49. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 3:57 pm:

    Coke.

    And for each “soda” in Springfield hear many more “sodees” …


  50. - Sangamo Girl - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 4:00 pm:

    Grew up in the small sodee zone.


  51. - Cornerfield - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 4:04 pm:

    I’m from Tazewell County. We called them sodee pops. I still do.


  52. - Captain Obvious - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 5:05 pm:

    Sorry it’s none of those three. It’s sodi.


  53. - RetiredProfessor - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 5:22 pm:

    I’ve lived in East Central Illinois for 45 years, and I call it soda, but I grew up in NYC and LA


  54. - MyTwoCents - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 5:35 pm:

    Grew up in East Central Illinois saying pop. After meeting my wife switched to soda.


  55. - Mamacita - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 7:02 pm:

    I call it pop. My husband, who grew up 5 miles from me, calls it soda.


  56. - Dotnonymous x - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 8:07 pm:

    Sodee Pop…


  57. - Reality Check - Tuesday, Apr 23, 24 @ 8:53 pm:

    Pop. Of course.


  58. - Fivegreenleaves - Wednesday, Apr 24, 24 @ 6:26 am:

    Soda


  59. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Apr 24, 24 @ 11:54 pm:

    I say pop. I’ve never witnessed someone saying soda have someone jump down their throat, but I experienced plenty of soda sayers that get upset over the use of the word pop.

    Pop and soda were two different things where I grew up. When someone orders a scotch and soda no one thinks they mean to pour a can of mountain dew into it.


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