It All Depends …

It’s one of my earlier memories.

Mom and Dad drove our family to West Virginia to visit my grandmother. While she was making lunch, she told me to look in the icebox and get myself a pop. I didn’t have a clue what to get.

According to a lot of articles, what people call soft drinks is different depending on where they live. The two most recognized names are “soda” and “pop.” Let me try to clear that up.

Supposedly, if you live on either of the coasts, you’re probably used to the name soda. If you live in the Midwest, the more common term is pop; that is unless you’re living close to St. Louis or Milwaukee, in which case, you’re more like the coast dwellers. Residents of the Pacific Northwest or Mountain West like pop too.

Now, if you’re from the south, people call soft drinks cola or coke, no matter what they’re drinking, and rural Americans drink soda water. Got it?


Now, that everything’s been clarified, try to remember the last time you had a Yoo-Hoo, Lotta Cola, Nehi, Kayo or Moxie.


And if you’re really motivated, how about the last time you sat down on a revolving stool at a counter and ordered a chocolate, vanilla or cherry coke, and watched the soda jerk actually added the syrup to your coke (or pop or soda or whatever).

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If you can remember that, can you remember if your flavored coke was served in a glass or in a cone that was inserted into a metal base? But you might have preferred one of those real ice cream milk shakes that were mixed right in front of you.

I’m gonna go get a pop now … an alcoholic one.