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St. Louis: A "Soda" Land Bridge to "Pop" and "Coke" Country

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Some people wear their allegiances on their chests.
A linguistic study out of North Carolina State went all kinds of viral last week. Perhaps you saw it clogging up your Facebook feed?

The study mapped out the different ways Americans refer to the same thing. For example, what do you call those little freshwater lobsters that live in creeks and streams? Crawdads, crayfish or crawfish? (St. Louisans, FWIW, tend to say the latter.)

The researchers also examined regional pronunciations. St. Louisans, for example, are somewhat an anomaly as we pronounce syrup as "sear-up" when most of the nation's pancake eaters like their "sir-up."

But where St. Louis most stood out in the study of dialects was in the great soda vs. pop debate. And here it wasn't even close.

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web.ncsu.edu
As you can see in the image above, St. Louis is squarely a "soda" town. But more than that, St. Louis is more like an island -- or bridge -- between the "pop" speakers of the upper-Midwest and the "coke" crowd of the south-central United States. Guess we're not called the "Gateway City" for nothin'?

And it's not just the NC State researchers who've struck upon St. Louis' predilection for the term soda.

Continue on for even more soda vs. pop research and a surprisingly similar map of regional allegiances in the 1800s.


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darkstar4
darkstar4

Massachusetts, my hometown, it is Tonic.

fej53
fej53

And then there are the soda water people

chica2270
chica2270

It's a coke.  Of course I've lived in the soda belt for quite some time now, I've begun using that name....

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

Steve Dixon............law enforcement is watching you !

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Pop is the sound my hand makes when it slaps you upside the head for calling soda pop. :)

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@chica2270 what if it's a Pepsi? Is it still a coke?

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