The Atlantic Maps the Soda/Coke/Pop Divide


Leave it to the Atlantic to tackle the sticky issues, like mapping the geographic boundary that divides folks who say “soda” from those who say “pop” or “coke” when referring to a carbonated beverage.

We’re a devoted “soda” crew here at Los Angeles magazine. If we want a lemon-lime bubbly drink, we’re not going to ask for a Coke. Because that’s just dumb. And pop?! What year is it, 1952?

Anyway, to see where the beverage-confused weirdos live—and a series of other maps charting interesting linguistic differences—click here.

 So, what do you say when you want a SODA?