I don’t know about you, but I’m getting weary of the red state/blue state divide. To borrow a phrase, it’s time to move on to something more important, like The Great Pop vs. Soda Controversy.1Sorry, Coca-Cola trademark attorneys.
The preferred generic term for carbonated beverages has a geographic pattern similar to that for voting in presidential elections. The coasts prefer “soda,” with flyover country split between “pop” in the north and “Coke” in the south.
According to my brother, Bob:2Who lives in Northern California. “For the record . . . soda is the most correct term . . . ” potentially in conflict with Controversy’s conclusion: “People who say ‘Pop’ are much, much cooler.”
Hat tip: Instpundit.
- 1Sorry, Coca-Cola trademark attorneys.
- 2Who lives in Northern California.
4 responses to “Red State, Blue State — Pop State, Soda State”
The origin of carbonated water may be discerned in the paper “Impregnating Water with Fixed Air, in order to communicate it to the particular spirit and virtues of, Pyrmont Water” by Joseph Priestley.
Seltzer water takes it name from a town in Neider Seltzers in the Weisbaden region of Germany. The etymology of soda water can be found here: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=soda
Mephetic water was a gaseous alkaline water produced with carbonate of soda.
I believe that (back when the fountain operator worked behind the counter at the local pharmacy, and flavoring was hand added syrup, presumably requiring the supervision of one with chemistry skills) when the soda jerk would jerk the handle on the dispensor mechanism, it would make a popping sound as gas was released without liquid — and thus the colloquialism “pop.”
Wow! What a fount of knowledge! ;-)
It’s interesting how soda pop (using both names at once) used to be considered a health beverage. Imagine how Coca-Cola would make you feel if it still contained cocaine. Now the impression is exactly the opposite. My brother, in explaining why he abstains, explains: “I don’t drink my calories.”
I’m not quite sure what to think about carbonated milk.
Carbonated Milk must be for those highly stressed out students who need bicarbonate Ca(HCO3)2.
How does one tell the difference between carbonated milk and fizzy fermented milk?
Perhaps the dairy industry is grooming kids to consume Airag instead of beer when they get to college.
The birth of a new industry?
I sure hope not! Wow, that doesn’t even sound appealing:
On the other hand, you’ve gotta love the Northern Mountains: