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Any idea whether people in Connecticut say pop, soda, or something else? Thanks!
#1 - May 12, 2016, 07:34 PM
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OMG, soda, in southwestern CT. I only heard "pop" during summer vacations in New Hampshire, where many of my neighbors and friends were from Massachusetts or other upper New England states, and every time someone asked for "pop" I looked for a grizzled grandpa.

Don't even get me started on why the heck a "bubbler" makes sense when "water fountain" seems so obvious.  :lol4
#2 - May 12, 2016, 07:57 PM

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A bubbler?  :lol4

I was wondering the answer to this myself. We in NC call it pop but one state up in Va. my cousins always called it soda. But then I have cousins in W.Va. that call it pop. So looks like it plays hopscotch up the east coast.  :grin3
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 :thankyou Sounds like I'm safe having a character from CT ask for soda.
#4 - May 12, 2016, 08:24 PM
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I don't know about Connecticut, but this brings memories. I lived in MN and it was pop. Here in Eastern PA, it's soda.

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In nearby NJ, it's soda. I never heard pop until I went to Idaho to see my cousins. We had no idea what the other was talking about. I would assume soda for CT, but I also know there is a map floating around on the internet that maps every place and what they call them carbonated beverage thangies. It would probably give you more hard data.

Ah, here we go: http://popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html
#6 - May 13, 2016, 04:24 AM

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Maybe it's pop in western Massachusetts, but not the Boston area. Just to complicate things, the older popular term (I remember my grandparents using it, and it's still heard in Rhode Island) is tonic.

Ah yes, bubbler. Now THAT is very MA.
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Oh, my gawsh, TONIC is *very* old-school upper New England. But you have to pronounce it something like "tawnic"  :lol4
#8 - May 13, 2016, 04:35 AM

It might vary within the state. I think in PA it is soda in the East and pop in the West.

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I've lived in Connecticut all my life. We used to have a soda man deliver cases of Hosmer Mountain soda right to the house. I don't drink the stuff any more.
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Okay, this is NOT Connecticut, but since my experience is different I thought I'd mention it.

I grew up in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (Northern Virginia, to be more specific), and we called EVERYTHING "Coke." Sprite, ginger-ale, Pepsi, or just regular Coke; it didn't matter what kind of soda it was, we called it "Coke." I wonder if they still do that. Hmmmm.
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These discussions are always fun. We grew up in WI with "pop" and "bubbler," but my parents grew up 50 miles to the south, still WI, and to them it was "soda." An elderly great-aunt called it "soda water."

My husband and his siblings grew up taking a lot of long-distance camping trips with their parents. One hot summer day they all piled out of their station wagon into a small tavern in a Western town, desperate for just about any beverage. The kids asked the barkeep for "pop." He was mystified. "'Pop'? What is 'pop'?" A couple seconds later his face lit up. "Oh. Sody!"
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Rose, thanks for sharing that link. That's fascinating to see.

Clearly, I'm in the minority, but I've always called them 'soft drinks.' I was looking at that map, figuring I fall in the 'Other' category and wondering how few there are of us. Then I noticed the title of the page and felt perfectly 'vindicated.'  :lol4
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Okay, I have to add my two cents. I live in southeastern PA and only heard "soda" growing up. When I went to college I had a friend from Indiana who called it "pop." First time I'd ever heard it called anything other than "soda."
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Now I need waaaayyy more characters! Maybe I can have a giant picnic and they can all discuss beverages and get confused.  :drinking2
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Ha! In Ontario, Canada we call them soft drinks, but we understand when Americans call them something else.

Ena, re "Cokes": When we travelled in Europe, no matter what kind of cola drink we asked for we got whatever they had, and they didn't see any difference. We noticed that in the American south, you got Coke no matter what you asked for. (Makes me sad for all the copywriters who've plastered the media with ads all these years to differentiate brands, to no noticeable effect.) It's enough to drive you to drink.  :drinking2
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oh dews, yes, I want to be at your picnic!!!! :running

*even if I'm just a character...
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oh dews, yes, I want to be at your picnic!!!! :running

*even if I'm just a character...

You are absolutely invited, JFriday! You can bring the beverages. Good luck sorting that out! :muahaha
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Oh, I want to be a character in your story, too. Barbara and I can be your 'soft drinks' ladies.  :grin3
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Oh, I want to be a character in your story, too. Barbara and I can be your 'soft drinks' ladies.  :grin3

Man, I wish there was a way to write you guys in for real. Putting a picnic in this scene would reaaaally draw my editor's attention, though. ;-) Also, you'd have to sign a release so I could shoot you off into space. :writing3

This reminds me of discussing a MG with my first agent a few years ago. Her: Why is there a goat in the book? Me: I wrote the book for my son and said Hey, what do you want in the book? And he said, A goat! Her: silence Me: It seemed like a solid literary decision at the time. 
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TONIC in Mass and NH, old-school-style, like Marissa said.  :)
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TONIC in Mass and NH, old-school-style, like Marissa said.  :)

Yep, even in western MA--We're old-school enough to remember when soda WAS a health "tonic", served in drug-store fountains.
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Isn't it tonic because it has quinine in it? Or it used to? I remember tasting it as a child and it was vile ... bitter.
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Isn't it tonic because it has quinine in it? Or it used to? I remember tasting it as a child and it was vile ... bitter.
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That's tonic water (and yes).

Soda was "tonic" because it used to be sold as health tonics, back in the 1900's--
Pepsi was an after-meal peptic tonic, and Coca-Cola was a healthy, stimulating cocaine tonic.   :bewildered 
(Later replaced with caffeine, so it wouldn't cost $10,000 a bottle.)
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Born and raised in CT and have never, ever used or have heard the word pop used for anything other than what my mom called her very Italian grandfather.  :grin3
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Isn't it tonic because it has quinine in it? Or it used to? I remember tasting it as a child and it was vile ... bitter.
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To add to what Ericj said, the tonic we use today in say a gin and tonic used to be a health tonic as well. Quinine comes from cinchona tree bark and with the resurgence of craft cocktails, people have begun to make their own in the old style like you remember. In fact, there was a resurgence of quinine poisoning and doctors had a hard time diagnosing it because they hadn't seen it in modern times. It can be toxic if you're not careful!  :feelbad
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Thanks, everybody! Now I know how to stealthy poison someone if I need to.  :muahaha
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In CO, it's pop...though I know what soda is too (CA relatives).

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