in reply to I refer to a non-specified carbonated beverage as a:
I've always referred to it as a drink. Of course if someone asks me what I want, I'll usually be very specific as I have somewhat refined tastes. I understand that I can't ask, "can I have something to drink," as most people I know are quite literal at times and as such I could end up with water, milk, antifreeze or something worse.
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