August 06, 2004

Bragging Rights

Ryan says: You and me, we're so different:

Caroline (from New York) says: Woah.

Caroline says: that's cool

Ryan says: You're a soda jerk.

Caroline says: I didn't realize it was a controversy

Ryan says: Oh, it's a controversy.

Caroline says: wow

Caroline says: intense

Ryan says: The whole thing about the south referring to pop as Coke explains a whole lot.

Ryan says: Cause, when we had our convention in Dallas, I couldn't find a Diet Pepsi to save my life.

Caroline says: yeah, I heard that. A friend of mine from school says they say Coke for everything down there.

Caroline says: heh

Caroline says: Like, Coke also meant Dr.Pepper too. You'd say "I'd like a Coke," and they ask "what kind?"

Ryan says: I think another Civil War is in order to get this shit all straightened out.

Caroline says: Minnesoda vs. the world

Ryan says: We'd win.

Caroline says: nuh uh

Ryan says: Nuh huh.

Ryan says: We'd strap you to the front of a tank as armor.

Caroline says: I heard on the news yesterday about Minnesota having the funniest people in the U.S. or something.

Ryan says: Well, I don't like to brag, but I'm one of the major reasons for that.

Caroline says: Heh, yeah you don't like to brag. Whatever.

Ryan says: Okay, I love to brag, but only because I'm so awesome.

Posted by Ryan at August 6, 2004 11:02 AM

My gf, being from the south, refers to pop as soda all the time and it pisses the hell out of me! Whenever I say pop, she reminds me "don't you mean soda?" and i tell her, "no, i don't. it's frickin' pop. we're in MN now". she usually doesn't like that.....

Posted by: Rick at August 6, 2004 11:33 AM

Pop is a kind of music.
Soda is something that you use to make bread and cakes. (Don't let people from Missouri fool you. They like to pretend they're from the south, but they say "soda".)
Coke is what you drink, man. If you come down here and ask for a coke, someone is almost always going to say, "What kind?" If they don't, then they're a transplant from Nevada or something.

Posted by: Lindsay at August 8, 2004 08:10 AM

Newsflash, people from Wisconsin say soda as well. I NEVER heard the word pop until I moved to Minnesota. Since no one has the brains to say it, I will: in the South everything WITHOUT booze is soda because people start drinking the spiked tea and lemonaide at like 10AM in the South.

If you read Southern authors like Blanche McCrary Boyd or perhaps have spent some time down there, you would know this to be true. Alcoholic drinking is a PASTTIME, and soda is all just bullshit, sugar water, except BROWN.

Posted by: Michele at August 8, 2004 04:53 PM

I'm glad you clarified that I'm from New York, Ryan. BUT, my dad grew up saying "pop" in western New York. So, soda isn't a state-wide saying. He got such a kick seeing the "Pop" signs all over when he came to visit me. He says soda now, but he slips every now and then with a "pop."

Just to add to the confusion and the "controversy," I heard somewhere that "pop" can also mean "beer" in some states. Like, if you have a "road pop," that means you're driving in a car whilst consuming an alcoholic beverage.


Posted by: Care (from New York) at August 9, 2004 09:12 AM

Coke or Soda.


Posted by: Lily at August 9, 2004 12:10 PM

I grew up in Alabama where "coke" meant sweet, brown fizzy soda. Coke=Pepsi=RC Cola. Then I lived in Ontario for 6 years where fizzy drinks were known as "pop". I currently live in Massachusetts and my coworker in the neighboring cube calls fizzy drinks "tonic". Somehow I came out of all this as prefering "soda". Go figure.

Posted by: Paige at August 9, 2004 12:33 PM

Hah. How funny. Being from Tennessee, I refer to everything as Coke. Yay for being a statistic!

Posted by: Tammy at August 9, 2004 11:04 PM

what is "other"??

Posted by: leblanc at August 11, 2004 01:42 PM
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