That map is way cool, and I now see that all my fellow Connectictians also call it soda, but I had always wondered why someone would call ANY drink a coke, when coke refers to ONE brand . . . until someone pointed out that Kleenex was just one brand and so was Ping Pong and many other similar instances of one product being so closely associated with a generic category. I think I read that 'Coke' was the most identifiable brand name in the world. Talk about MARKETING success.
by the map my family was in the minority in the bay area. if my brother had a bottle of 7-up i would ask him, "can i have a drink of your coke." never thought it was wierd at the time but now it sounds strange
Slowcoach thaks for the fix-me-up...old dogs and new tricks can be pretty funny to watch.
Tafnut Loves the map for it's multi faceted sociocentric subcultural nuances.....I think it's just a new definition of Red and Blue States!!
Can some one over lay the Political Red and Blues????
After studying the map, I am verrry sceptical about some of the local abberations in purported nomenclature for soft drinks.
As a native Okie, I believe the "pop" term is much more commonly used than "coke" as reported..There are three contiguous counties in SW Oklahoma credited with varying percentaes of "coke" I was born and raised in one of those counties, one quarter mile and four miles from the other two . I attended school in all three and we all said "pop"
The big yellow county in north central Nebraska is Cherry county, county seat Valentine. I cannot speak to local nomenclature in Cherry county but several years ago when Coca Cola introduced "New Coke" and classic "old" coke became difficult to impossbile to find, I stumbled on a treasure trove of "old coke" in a rural convenience store in Valentine. I bought all my trunk would hold, brought it home and kinda hid it in my garage, planning to ration it out until Coca Cola came to its senses. My teen age daughter threw a pool party and decimated my stash of old coke.
She has long since been forgiven.
Always that it was strange when someone ordered a Coke but really wanted a Fanta. Some places I have been - including CA, which does not reflect this on the population map slowcoach linked - every carbonated drink is referred to as coke. Waiter/waitress then asks what kind of coke, to which one replies Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta and/or whatever else you have over there.