It's a Soda, Dadgummit
I grew up in Sioux City, Ia. At age 24, after graduating from Morningside College, I moved to Omaha, Ne to pursue my Masters. 4 years later, I floated further down the Missouri River to Columbia, Mo. to pursue my PhD. I now live in Mankato, Mn. In Sioux City, Omaha, and Mankato, soft drinks are referred to as "pop." But, since high school, I've referred to soft drinks as "soda". I've never liked the sound of the word "pop" and calling 7-up, Welch's grape soda, and similar soft drinks "Coke" is silly.