The regional variations of “soft drink” in America

Pop or Soda is a study using crowd sourced data to determine which parts of America use which words to describe a carbonated beverage. We find the results are fairly static – there’s distinct clustering in usage on the whole – which I think is a fairly reasonable expectation.

That the data is non-exact – there is no lower limit on submissions – makes analysis a little bit harder, and indeed, if you look at the map on the pop vs soda site you will see that there is a lot of overlap between terms.

What is interesting to me is that so many people use the term coke as a generic for carbonated beverages.