This question is far too complicated, reader! We’re going to need Big Data, and I’m going to have to refer you to the magical Pop vs Soda project.
But for starters, if you say ‘soda’, you are more than likely going to get a cup of plain, clear bland soda water, probably to mix with your booze. We refer to sodas as Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta, etc. like you’re suggesting. However, I’ve heard southerners use ‘Coke’ as a descriptor for anything carbonated, a cultural quirk that sounds like it might lead to a lot of confusion and maybe diabetes.
If you’re interested in drilling down into specifics, here’s where this handy map comes into play:
- Katie (who, by the way, is a midwesterner and refers to it as ‘pop.’)