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View Poll Results: To you, what does the word soda mean?
A carbonated soft drink like Coke or Pepsi. 36 64.29%
Seltzer water 10 17.86%
Baking soda 6 10.71%
Something else (please explain) 4 7.14%
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Old 08-13-2006, 01:45 PM   #1
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What would be in your bag?

If someone asked you to pick up some soda for them at the grocery store, what would be in your bag? My daughter would have a bottle of Pepsi or some other kind of what I call pop. A lot of people would have seltzer water for mixed drinks. I would have a box of baking soda in mine. I have seen lots of debates on what people call carbonated soft drinks, but I don't remember ever seeing this one.

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Old 08-13-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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My first response is a carbonated beverage such as coke or ginger ale. However, I'd ask what kind.

A lot of folks in this area still call them tonics.
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Old 08-13-2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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It would depend on who it was asking, but, most of the time, it would be cokes of some kind.
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Old 08-13-2006, 04:40 PM   #4
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root beer, screw soda.
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:13 PM   #5
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I have always called a carbonated drink a soda. Someone once told me they thought that calling it a soda was weird. Soda that is used for baking I have always called it baking soda. Some people call carbonated drinks either pop or soda pop.
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:15 PM   #6
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In the South, everything is a Coke!

"Give me a Coke, please"

"Do you want Pepsi, Big Orange or 7-up?"
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Old 08-13-2006, 05:21 PM   #7
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In Canada where "soda" is most often called "pop", the first thing that springs to my mind is soda water (seltzer), the second is baking soda
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Old 08-13-2006, 08:05 PM   #8
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In the South, everything is a Coke!

"Give me a Coke, please"

"Do you want Pepsi, Big Orange or 7-up?"
The question wasn't what you call soft drinks, but what "soda" is to you. LOL

Where in the south do you live? I live in South Carolina and they don't call all drinks Coke here.

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Old 08-13-2006, 08:14 PM   #9
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I've lived in TN, GA and AL.

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The question wasn't what you call soft drinks, but what "soda" is to you. LOL
LOL, I just get chatty.

I did vote on seltzer.
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My first response is a carbonated beverage such as coke or ginger ale. However, I'd ask what kind.

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I'm with you on that. If I'm referring to mixed alcoholic drinks, then soda is club soda. But, if it's G rated beverages, I'd assume flavoured, like cola or ginger ale..
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Old 08-13-2006, 09:26 PM   #11
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Where I come from soda is either baking soda or we get an ice cream soda.
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:35 PM   #12
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In this bunch, it would be a mixed bag
DH, daughters and #2 son...diet coke, pepsi
Cade, Ethan, consider lemonade as soda
Carson (17months.) and Olivia (6 months) dig milk as soda
Me don't drink it at all..
Now sons-in-law, well, beer
goofey bunch what?

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Old 08-14-2006, 01:06 AM   #13
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I changed the wording of the poll question, as I think it might have been a little confusing.

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Old 08-14-2006, 01:52 AM   #14
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We don't call soft drinks soda, to me soda is baking soda or soda water.
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:06 AM   #15
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I have lived so many places. Now it is the midwest. Pop is things like Coke, Pepsi, etc. When you order a "Scotch and Soda" it should mean club soda. But you can still find pockets of confusion. When I was a child, my memere asked me if I wanted tonic, and I was totally confused.
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Unless they specified baking soda, I would be picking up coke/pepsi products.
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:12 PM   #17
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It definitely depends on where you are raised &/or where you live. I grew up in NY, & "soda" is definitely defined as a carbonated beverage like Coke, Pepsi, Ginger Ale - even seltzer, etc.

Baking Soda is called "Baking Soda".

I've so far found the same to be true here in Virginia.

Now when I visited my relatives in Illinois, I never once heard the term soda with reference to anything. Carbonated beverages were called "pop". Paper bags were called "sacks". And - this really threw me - jelly doughnuts were called "Bismarcks"!!

What a wonderful diverse world it is we live in!!
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Old 08-14-2006, 12:23 PM   #18
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Mmmmmmmm Bismarcks!!! I'm craving one now dang it!

Soda here is baking soda. Pop is what we call carbonated stuff.
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I love frosted bismarcks with a cherry filling. Yum!
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:05 PM   #20
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Soda, to me, includes all carbonated beverages. If someone were to call and say they just wanted 'soda' (with no other qualifying information) I would get carbonated water... just plain soda that one would use in making mixed drinks (although I sometimes just drink plain soda straight up).
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