I grew up in Milwaukee and live in the Bay Area, both regions that lean heavily towards 'soda' usage so I've never had to deal with changing my preference. But I have plenty of friends who have moved from their childhood 'Pop' usage into adulthood 'Soda' territory (or vice-versa) and have had to fumble with the terms. And the primarily Southern use of the word Coke just sounds confusing to me, but then I didn't grow up with it.
What I'm most curious about is the 'other' category. The only other term I've heard is a combination of the two, 'soda pop.' What other terms have you heard used to refer to a carbonated soft beverage?
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(Image: by Matthew Campbell and Prof. Greg Plumb of East Central University in Oklahoma)