Generic Names For Soft Drinks

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2009/04/11 13:57:43 (permalink)

Generic Names For Soft Drinks


Here's a breakdown by county.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/04/11 14:26:17 (permalink)
    I think Coca Cola commissioned this survey ...
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/04/11 15:29:33 (permalink)
    my wife and her family are pepsi drinkers but refer to them as cokes. I never understood it.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/04/22 22:15:22 (permalink)
    ynotryme

    my wife and her family are pepsi drinkers but refer to them as cokes. I never understood it.


    This is quite simple, sometimes a brand name becomes so firmly implanted in consumer's mind that the brand becomes the name of the product e. g  Kleenex for all tissues, Q-tips for all cotton swabs. This  also happens in nations around the world where a certain brand may dominate, our Cuban neighbors told us that all blenders are called osterizers and  all refridgerators are frigidaires to the point that almost 50 years since they were sold in Cuba they remain the name of the item
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/04/22 23:05:42 (permalink)
    It wasn't until a number of years back that Pepsi forced the restaurants that served Pepsi to correct their customers when they asked for a "coke".  Before then, in a lot of the country "coke" was universal for any cola drink.  When you ordered a "coke", no one ever asked, "Is Pepsi OK?"
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/04/24 11:41:09 (permalink)
    Interesting map. i'm curious about "Other".
    For example, there's such a range in some states, like New Mexico (one of my favs) 
    which has 80 -100% Coke county next to 80-100% Soda county, close to  two 80-100% "Other" counties, and 50-80% "other" nearby, too.

    Similar in Central Texas: 80-100% Coke next to 80-100% Other.
    Parts of North Carolina and Virginia, too
    One in South Central Missouri.
    Central oregon has one 80-100% "Other" surrounded by "Pop".
    A few primary "Other" in South Central Florida. Some in Alabama, one in Miss. 
    One in West Kansas.

    Does anyone familiar with any of the places have an opinion on what the popular "Other" might be?

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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/04/24 15:32:32 (permalink)
    I have heard Tonic before as a generic word for a soft drink around Boston, and a few other spots.   Interesting to see that the area around St. Louis, MO is about the only place where Soda is widespread. If you say "Pop" in St. Louis, you'll definitely get a funny look...
    post edited by Rt66Mike - 2009/04/24 15:35:44
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/05/16 16:47:16 (permalink)
    I found a cooler full of FAYGO products today at a Corydon, IN Gas Station. The Cherry Cola was "OK", but the REDPOP was a really good throwback to the days when RedPop was what I asked for at the counter !!  Note, I am not talking about "Big Red"...but the Strawberry Soda with the bright red label SCREAMING  "REDPOP !!"

    It is selling for 93 cents per 24oz plastic bottle!
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/25 14:46:47 (permalink)
    ynotryme

    my wife and her family are pepsi drinkers but refer to them as cokes. I never understood it.

     
    Here in Atlanta, the headquarters of Coke, EVERY soft drink is Coke!

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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/25 19:17:23 (permalink)
    jman

    Here's a breakdown by county.

     
    Fantastic, thank you so very much for posting this tremendous link. Any idea what may be some of the terms used in the "other" category?


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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/26 14:37:27 (permalink)
    Maybe sodapopcoke?
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/26 15:09:59 (permalink)
    Other could be soft drink, tonic or cola. Soft drink is used in Minnesota though it is a pop state. I grew up in Indianapolis and still think and say coke and that confuses people in Minnesota.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/27 13:57:00 (permalink)
    Always been "Pop" to me.  But then, I'm an Iowa boy.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/27 14:26:03 (permalink)

    Born and raised in New Jersey, moved in my teens to central Pa, and it's always been 'soda' to me.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/27 17:53:00 (permalink)
    Grew up drinking "soda" in Brooklyn. It's still soda here in Union County NJ too.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/27 19:18:03 (permalink)
    The "pop-soda" line in PA is definitely somewhere west of the Susquehanna River.  Pittsburgh, SE Ohio and WVA are definitely pop places.  As you move east, it's kinda ill defined.  That is until you get east of Harrisburg, where it's soda 100%.
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    Re:Generic Names For Soft Drinks 2009/06/27 21:53:28 (permalink)
    I wonder what "other" would be?
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