Why Is Soda Called Pop In The Midwest?


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Anonymous answered
The name "pop" from soda pop derives from the the original bottles that were first used. The first glass bottles used had a marble within them. Once filled the pressure from the carbonation within the bottle would hold the marble up in the neck of the bottle thus creating an airtight seal. To open the bottle, you would press down on the marble with a finger to release the seal. When the seal was broken there was an audible popping sound and thus you get the name "pop".
George McConnell Profile
It used to be called soda pop in referring to any carbonated soft drink. It got shortened to soda OR pop decades ago. Around here if you stick ice cream in your soda pop you have an ice cream float, or as it again also got shortened to "float".
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Anonymous answered
The US is a big country, and there are different dialects in different regions, and it's not just a difference between soda and pop (or cola, or even "Coke" being referred to in the general sense for a cola) or soda pop.  Why ask just about carbonated beverages?  You could ask the same thing about why pancakes have a different term around the country....or why Minnesota plays "duck, duck, gray duck" when the rest of the country plays "duck, duck, goose."  Is it a couch, a sofa, a davenport, or a chesterfield?  Some dialects are region wide, some are state wide, and some dialects are only a small segment of a state's population.  I think PBS did a show a couple years back about the different dialects in the US.
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Michael Albert
Michael Albert commented
In Minnesota we call it pop. our favorite roll is a bismark, in NYC I stopped at a bakery
and asked for 2 Bismark's. The lady said she didn't know what they were so I explained
what they looked like. Said you must mean jelly donuts. No donuts have holes in the
middle, she brings out 2 jelly donuts with out holes and I said you found the bismark's thank you very much.
martha commented
I live in Missouri and growing up we called it pop or soda pop. But now I call it soda. Adrink with soda and ice cream is an ice cream soda. Guess it depends on the person as well as the region. My late husband was from the south and he had all kinds of local terms we do not use here in Missouri. By the way mrmars, I know what a bismark is. and the are pretty darn good, too.
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Anonymous answered
Soda is called pop because they are more country and do things different

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