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February 19, 2003

Pop vs. Soda

This map might interest those curious about American English dialects and cultural zones....

Posted by razib at 07:03 PM

If you like that sort of thing, you'll love this:

Phonological Atlas of North America

Posted by: Oleg at February 19, 2003 07:24 PM

I signed it! I think for the second time...it's been a while.

Posted by: Grady at February 19, 2003 09:28 PM

Reminds me of my last France trip. Nobody there understood "Coke". They said "Coca" instead.

Posted by: Zack Ajmal at February 19, 2003 11:09 PM

SODA. Dammit.

Posted by: David at February 20, 2003 01:52 PM

Back in the hilly "old country" of central Missouri, the folks I grew up with called it "sodypop". It was easy to tell the strangers, 'cause they said "pop" or "soda", or (if they were from the deeper South) "Coc'Cola". Them as didn't call it "dope", that is... and I'm completely serious.

Oddly enough, some of the latter two groups have been known to refer to beer as "barleypop", although I strongly suspect a more recent genesis for that term -- not to mention a certain lack of gravitas.

Posted by: Troy at February 21, 2003 12:26 AM