I voted "soft drink" as I'm from Australia. Usually mine is a Coke. My wife enjoys a "spider", which is a carbonated drink (often Coke) with ice-cream in it. The other day she had a blue one - I don't know how she does it!
Re: I refer to a non-specified carbonated beverage as a:
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Carbonated drink with ice cream in it? In the states, those're called "floats", and they're delicious! A scoop of vanilla ice cream with cold Coca Cola or, better yet, root beer (Barq's or A&W Root Beer are best) poored on top, and you have a party.
"Spider," eh? I'll add that to my dictionary. Where do you suppose the term comes from?
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