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Hmph. As someone already said, these definitions are highly regional. Here are mine:

  • Soda: makes me think of soda bicarbonate, used occasionally in cooking and sometimes in cleaning.
  • Pop: Yeah, the drink that comes in a bottle. If it has a cap on it, it goes 'pop' when you open it.
  • Soda pop: Somewhat archaic and redundant.
  • Soft drink: Any non-alcoholic (ie not hard) drink that's served in a bar; could therefore also include milk, a drink that is not (normally) carbonated (and beer too, I guess, since that's not 'hard liquor' either). A fellow chorus member orders milk when we go to the bar. Really.
  • Coke (tm): That's really a specific beverage, like Mountain Dew, Sprite/7-Up, root beer (ugh) and Pepsi.
  • Tonic: Mmmmmm .. like some quinine with your gin? This is also a specific beverage. Sometimes called Tonic Water.
  • Fizzy Drink: Does 'oo want fizzy drink before bedtime? I think not.
  • Carbonated Beverage: On of my university roomates and I would use a phrase like that back in 1978 when we first met. We made everything way longer and more complicated than it had to be -- it was quite hilarious. Graham and I also originated the "NOT!!!" bit that Mike Myers used to great effect in his comedic career. Funny to see it enter maintream culture.
--t. alex
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In reply to Re: I refer to a non-specified carbonated beverage as a: by talexb
in thread I refer to a non-specified carbonated beverage as a: by Petruchio

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