Origin of soda
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for soda
He would shake a chilled Coke, and then spray the soda into a cold glass of milk.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
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He speaks while sipping a soda in the restaurant of the Residence Victoria in downtown Kisangani.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
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Derika Moses hefted a case of 2-liter soda bottles while setting up a grocery store display in 2007.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
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November 3, 2014
He was hungry, so he brought along a fast food burger and soda to the studio.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
“If someone drinks [more than] 20 ounces of soda per day, switching them to diet soda will help weight loss,” Roussell says.Are Artificial Sweeteners Wrecking Your Diet?
September 30, 2014
Soak the beans overnight and then parboil them in soda water.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It is produced by the action of zinc-dust on the acid sulphite of soda.
The worthy man took me in, gave me some soda water, and some good advice.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The next layers of the same fiber are moistened with silicate of soda.
He had no least notion what might be the price of soda water.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- any of a number of simple inorganic compounds of sodium, such as sodium carbonate (washing soda), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
- See soda water
- US and Canadian a fizzy drink
- the top card of the pack in faro
- a soda Australian slang something easily done; a pushover
Word Origin and History for soda
late 15c., "sodium carbonate," an alkaline substance extracted from certain ashes (now made artificially), from Italian sida (or Medieval Latin soda) "a kind of saltwort," from which soda was obtained, of uncertain origin. Perhaps it is from Arabic suwwad, the name of a variety of saltwort exported from North Africa to Sicily in the Middle Ages, related to sawad "black," the color of the plant. Another theory traces it to Medieval Latin sodanum "a headache remedy," ultimately from Arabic suda "splitting headache."
Soda is found naturally in alkaline lakes, in deposits where such lakes have dried, and from ash produced by burning various seaside plants. Since commercial manufacture of it began in France in late 18c., these other sources have been abandoned. Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is commonly distinguished from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). A soda-cracker (1863) has baking soda as an ingredient.
The meaning "carbonated water" is first recorded 1834, a shortening of soda water (1802) "water into which carbonic acid has been forced under pressure." "It rarely contains soda in any form; but the name originally applied when sodium carbonate was contained in it has been retained" [Century Dictionary, 1902]. Since 19c. typically flavored and sweetened with syrups. First record of soda pop is from 1863, and the most frequent modern use of the word is as a shortening of this or other terms for "flavored, sweetened soda water." Cf. pop (n.1). Soda fountain is from 1824; soda jerk first attested 1922 (soda-jerker is from 1883). Colloquial pronunciation "sody" is represented in print from 1900 (U.S. Midwestern).
- Any of various forms of sodium carbonate.
- Chemically combined sodium.