IT’S SODA, NOT POP NOT SOFT DRINK NOT FIZZY CARBONATED BEVERAGE. Just…soda. So says the guy born and raised in New York, which as you can see from the map above is one of the many (correct) sections of the country where people call soda “soda.” To, ugh, Louisiana and your misguided “coke,” no, just no.
The data comes from Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, who according to Business Insider, “just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder’s linguistic survey that looked at how Americans pronounce words.” Sh*t’s about to get real.
I’m a tolerant man, but anyone who says “bubbler” or “hoagie” should be removed from this country ASAP. And just get rid of any state where “the devil is beating his wife” is a common expression, too.