soda pop

Do you say soda or pop? I think I generally say soda nowadays, but when I was a kid, I think I said pop. People in Portland say pop, I guess. Anyway, I went to that nut house place that has all the old-time regional candies. They also have old-time regional sodas! I got a few to try:
I didn’t get a chance to try the huckleberry one. The others were very sweet, as you can probably guess. I think Weinhard’s orange cream soda is tastier than the one in the photo. It’d be fun to do an orange cream soda taste test …
In knitting news, I finished the back of the simple Gash cardie (I decided to call it Gash since the color reminds me of that Urban Decay lipstick color). It’s going very quickly because it’s knit on US10 needles, and it’s a loosey goosey gauge. The gauge didn’t seem that loose when I swatched at the store, but I guess this is how it is. Any tighter and it would probably be too hot (it’s a silk and mohair blend). You can’t really tell here, but the stuff GLOWS:
gash in progress.JPG

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33 Responses to soda pop

  1. Jenna says:

    The soda-pop controversy is actually mapped out here.
    And my home town has a soda shop that has over 130 different bottled sodas available, cold and ready to drink. Delicious!

  2. lauren says:

    I say soda, and I’m from Portland …

  3. christina says:

    I’m Canadian, from Vancouver, B.C. and we always said “pop”. I thought “soda” was an American thing, but maybe not.
    The purse from your last entry is adorable, BTW.

  4. Kelli says:

    I live in Maine, home of Moxie, and I had no idea they make anything other than MOXIE Moxie! And we say “soda” here.

  5. Rachael says:

    I’ve always said “coke” for everything that fizzes. “I’m gonna go get a coke,” I say, and pick an orange cream soda. Yep. And Gash is a PERFECT name for that stuff. Looks great.

  6. Christy says:

    I’m from Philly and we say soda.
    People from Pittsburg and Western PA say pop.

  7. MJ says:

    Soda. A taste test would be fun to read about. I know what you mean about your yarn! I knit a cami with some yarn that had this luminous quality to it… Nice effect.

  8. Becky says:

    My California self always says “soda”. I didn’t hear it being referred to as “pop” until I heard someone from another state call it that, and I remember thinking that it sounded so quaint.
    P.S. My kid calls soda “coca” (French for coke), but he inverses the syllables so it sounds like “kako”. So now my husband and I have gotten into the habit of calling it that, too. It’s like our own little code word for soda. [Please, can I have a kako?]

  9. Amy in AZ says:

    We have a “pop store” here in Phoenix that sells retro-beverages-
    I have to admit where I am from (INDIANA) we say “COKE” for everything… there is always a follow up question of “what kind?” Now I say soda.

  10. Lizzi says:

    Midwesterners say POP. Makes me wonder where Amy in AZ lived in IN, since my fiance grew up in Crawfordsville, and I was born in Bloomington, and we both say POP.
    We also both went to college in OH, where all the southerners and new england-ers tried to tell us it was soda, stop saying pop, but we all said, “Guys, you’re the ones who’ve moved into pop territory in OH, so don’t be telling us we’re wrong!” Many an argument in the dining halls ensued.

  11. yoko says:

    If you’re doing an orange cream soda taste test, I strongly recommend trying Philly’s sodas, called Hank’s:
    I’m not a fan of orange soda, but I hear it’s great. I personally love vanilla cream soda and cherry wishniak (also a regional flavor, it seems).

  12. Silvia says:

    Oh, that yarn does indeed glow! How wonderfully luminous you’ll be wearing the cardie. Good for trick or treating, no?

  13. chris says:

    Here in Texas we say “Coke” for all soda . . . Here’s an example conversation:
    Me: “Do you want a coke?”
    You: “Sure”
    Me: “What kind?”
    You: “Dr. Pepper”.
    The other thing I’ve heard, mainly from friends’ parents, is “Colddrink” One word. Emphasis on the first syllable.

  14. chris says:

    Here in Texas we say “Coke” for all soda . . . Here’s an example conversation:
    Me: “Do you want a coke?”
    You: “Sure”
    Me: “What kind?”
    You: “Dr. Pepper”.
    The other thing I’ve heard, mainly from friends’ parents, is “Colddrink” One word. Emphasis on the first syllable.

  15. chris says:

    Whoops, didn’t mean to double-post there. Sorry!

  16. jodi says:

    I think it’s always “pop” in Canada. When I lived on the East Coast it was pop on the Canadian side, and “soda” in Maine. I didn’t know anyone in the US called it “pop”. I have heard Americans say “soda pop” though!

  17. Heidi says:

    I say pop – grew up in Chicago. I love Moxie !!!!

  18. Mary says:

    soda. Though I used to call it “coke” like the people in Texas.
    And what about Jimmies? That’s the one that I always get blank stares about here in Ohio. It’s not that they don’t use the term, it’s that they have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. It’s bizarre! (jimmies=chocolate sprinkles, called jimmies up in New England).

  19. Amy says:

    Another Oregonian (yay Portland!) says “pop.” DH lived in the South for a number of years, and says “CoCola” (all one word, slurred together!)

  20. Not all New Englanders call it soda or whatever. Near Beantown they call it “tonic.”

  21. alison says:

    I say “pop” — I think it’s a Canadian thing. The word “soda” makes me think of Archie comics or Happy Days, for some reason.

  22. Michelle says:

    V. Funny. I grew up in the Northwest (primarily Portland) and all soft drinks were “pop”. When I moved to SF my senior year of high school everyone warned me that in Califrnia it would be soda instead of pop — they were right. I wonder what they say in places like Klamath? Eureka? Where does it change?

  23. bethanie says:

    I grew up saying pop, but I know people call it soda, so I always say soda-pop so everyone knows what I’m talking about.

  24. carolyn says:

    when i lived in the midwest = pop. when i moved to new york, people’d say what? pot? new york = soda. in the south where my grandpa lived = soda-pop!

  25. molly says:

    I’m a “soda” girl myself, but I think my parents still say “tonic.” Speaking of which, have you ever had C.C. Grape, Mariko? It is possibly the best soda ever, but I can’t find it anywhere in Japan. All they have now is C.C. Lemon, and I can’t find the grape anywhere. If they stopped making grape, it would really be a travesty.

  26. Amy says:

    I grew up near Boston and still think “tonic”, but often say soda. Even around here if I say ‘tonic”, most people think I’m talking about tonic water (which sometimes I am). I like “tonic” – it conjures up images of medicinal tonics and potions – something more mysterious than sugar and fizzy water.

  27. Pam says:

    Another Portlander that says “soda.” Any other Portlander remember “Pop Shop(pe) Pop?” I used to love that as a kid.

  28. mindy says:

    Mmmm…pink lemonade soda. You’d probably love Kinley – I don’t know if you can get it here; I found their grapefruit soda in Israel, deee-lish.
    I’m putting my pennies aside NOW to buy me some of that yarn, and that’s all there is to it. Oh, Kyoto!
    My husband, Ohio born and bred, says ‘pop.’ Also, all sneakers – to him – are ‘tennis shoes.’ If you use them to play basketball, they are ‘basketball tennis shoes.’

  29. Elaine says:

    Oh my God, I didn’t know the Pop Shoppe was a nationwide thing. We had those in Phoenix way back in the 70s. We called it soda in our house though, possibly because of the spanish word, which is also soda but pronounced like, “so the”. Ahh, memories.

  30. Shetha says:

    Coke. Everything’s a Coke. I grew up in Texas. Now I’m in Portland. I try not to drink cokes much, better to have water, but I can’t resist sometimes and have to have a root beer. Yes, a root beer is a coke too.

  31. Andrea says:

    I agree with Chris from Texas. Everything in Texas is a coke. Even if it’s a big red. Some people from out of state say they’ve never heard of a Big Red. Do y’all get Big Red there?

  32. amy says:

    In BC Canada we call it Pop!

  33. froggy says:

    raised calling it pop then everything became coke. and i mean everything. and now its all soda.
    the evolution of all things carbonated i guess, lol.

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