I don't care for calling it a "coke" as often times that is what I get.. and not to start a debate, but it is not my
drink of choice, when wanting a soda.
Anyhow, I believe I ended up calling it a "soda" because of the proximity of where I grew up to here. (which surprisingly your link has both types of folks in that region, as there aren't that many people there, and most of the ones I knew FWIR called it "soda" as well).
The adult folk used to drive out to Hooper Springs and mix Kool-Aid™ with the water and call force it on the children as "soda" (or "glorified Kool-Aid™").
I don't care for calling it a "coke" as often times that is what I get.. and not to start a debate, but it is not my drink of choice
Personally, I'm not much for cola either. Give me
tapwater, or root beer, or skim milk, or Dr Pepper,
or Kool-Aid, or Mt Dew, or Sprite, or tea (brewed
strong, black with nothing, black with sugar and
vanilla, or green with sugar and ginger), or something.
I can drink cola, but I don't get excited about it,
and I'd rather drink something else.
Yeah. Since I'm from Ohio, you can probably guess what
I call the stuff. Though, to be honest, I usually refer
to a specific type ("root beer", "cola", or cetera), or
if I'm including various types of things to drink there
are almost certainly some included that are not
carbonated (water, Kool-Aid, milk, ..., so I just call
Oh, a fun thing to do: next time somebody asks you
what you want to drink (especially if it's somebody
taking your order at a restaurant), matter-of-factly
ask for "room-temperature tapwater", and watch the
reaction. You get some weird looks. I didn't think
anything about it (I drink quarts of the stuff a day)
until I saw how someone else reacted. Apparently,
it's not high on everyone's list of things to drink.
So if I don't want to elicit a reaction I just order
the root beer.