Just One Word Won’t Work
If you want a carbonated soft drink to quench your thirst, you'll need to phrase your request wisely. If you're in the Northeast, ask for a soda. In the South? Request a coke (yes, even if you want a Sprite or Dr. Pepper). And if you're in the Mid- or Northwest, say pop. There are exceptions, of course. In California, Nevada and Arizona, people tend to say soda, Alaska seems to favor pop, and in Hawaii, it’s soda again. Let's discover more surprising regionalisms!