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Water Fountain or Bubbler? American Dialect Maps Explain Why Everyone Else Thinks You Talk Funny

All this talk about who talks right and who doesn't stops now.

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(C'mon by and I'll buy you a soda if we can't find a coke!)

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None of the above. It's

None of the above. It's called sugar, or genetically modified high fructose corn syrup, and they're frying your nervous system with it.

Pop, soda, or Coke?

How about: "Diabetes, 'the sugars,' and insulin?"

Would you like that super sized?

Nothing like sucking down 48 ounces of pure GMO corn syrup, a GMO hashbrown and a hormone induced sausage biscuit to get your morning going!

I'll stick with a cup of black coffee, thank you.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

the soda in Mexico has real sugar.

I mean, the 'pop' in Mexico...

Pandas eat bugs.

Pittsburghese. Yinz drinkin' Pop n'at?

My hometown.
Home of the Stillers ana Parits.
A lexicon of it's own.

Breifly...Pittsburghese "A Dialectical Primer"


A more in depth look..."Pittsburgh N'At with Dave & Dave and Friends"


Exercise Liberty, and Language!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

In my area of New Orleans its "Soft Drink"

I've heard Soda now and then, but Soft Drink has been the norm.



it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Growing up in Oklahoma

we always called it pop. Then I went in the Navy and learned to call it soda or soda-pop. After getting out of the service I worked in Houston TX and started calling it coke. Until my company sent me to Scotland. While in the hotel there I called a place that delivered hamburgers and ordered one. I also asked if they had coke. I got an "uhhhhhh......" - I quickly changed it to soda-pop and they knew what I was talking about! (must have thought I was trying to order cocaine!)

Now - I don't drink any of those concoctions! Decaf coffee, green tea, or water for about 99% of the time. (mostly the later two)

Now look up what the word "fag" used to mean!

It's Coke

for me, I'm a GA girl.
My husband's from Buffalo and it's pop. The whole Coke thing drives him nuts, he's like what do you say if you don't want Coke? Duh, then you just ask for Sweet Tea. :-)

Another Buffalonian!

Many of us are fond of ol' Nickel City (and yes as kids we called it 'pop')

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Sweet Tea

Thank ya bigmikedude!

I enjoyed that one!

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Kool, glad you liked it JW

It is a good tune. Although this version is Luke Bryan, the writer's version (from GA), vs. the air played version most people know which was done by Billy Currington. Songwise they sound almost identical.

They are close

Saw Billy @ the Grand Ole Opry

Bubbler? I have heard water

Bubbler? I have heard water fountain and drinking fountain probably almost equally. But I have never heard bubbler. Figures though since it only seems to be from 2 small areas.

And while the UK calls them crisps, Australians do not, they call them chips.(yes, I once asked and australian and she found the idea rediculous and was adamant they dont call them crisps)

I have also herd both soda, and pop, and soda pop, but thats mostly because I have interacted online with so many people from other countries. The only time I hear coke is when someone is actually talking about coca-cola though, the specific drink.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Bubblers abound in my region...


Pandas eat bugs.

In Texas people will order a coke in a restaurant and the ......

.....waitress will ask "which kind". All sodas are cokes. We don't have an oil industry in Texas, we have an "earl" industry.

Same in southwest IN

It's a coke until you specify which one you want, although we use "pop machine" as often as "coke machine".

Your version of "earl" is to us "oral".

The worst part is when your buddy says "I got a tar on my car yesterday." If you don't clearly hear the "a", you might think he drove over a freshly sealed road rather than visiting a tire shop.

Bubbler is the correct term. Plus...

It's fun to say.


There - doesn't that feel good?

Pandas eat bugs.

Bay Area-ite here

Soda is a catchall for all carbonated sweet drinks (even those sugar-free), with the exception of club soda. Coke refers to Coca-Cola. Pop is the sound a cap-gun makes (or bubble-wrap).

We called it soda pop

because the old style of glass bottled drinks had metal tops which had to be removed with a bottle opener causing the tops to "pop" off making a loud popping sound. Actually, the aluminum cans still make a popping sound when you open them too.


Growing up in nothern cali but southern born and family roots I tend to combine dialects to the amusement of my cali friends~

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

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I say "Acidic Death Drink"

..and then mention that cancer can only exist in an acidic body.

If I'm feeling really good, I'll add: "Also, no offense, but I don't want to pay your medical bill, and I don't expect you to pay mine".

I'm a boat-load of fun, aren't I?

I got my wife to stop drinking Pop when

I showed her an article of how farmers in India were using it for pesticide spray. I started saying things like, "honey, are you having another can of pesticide?" or when she'd ask me to fetch her a can from the fridge I'd give her one and say "Here's your can of early death" And of course I was relentless. I said it in front of her kids, her parents, her friends, her boss, anytime she wanted another can of "early death" I'd remind her of it. She used to drink 3 to 6 cans a day now she only drinks a soda every now and then, maybe 6 cans a month. I know, I still have work to do....

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Why not get her a carbonator?

That way she can enjoy a soda, and flavor it with juice or whatever you give her permission.

I have a Primo brand, the small tank lasts more than a month, refills are very inexpensive ($5.00) depending where you take them, and there's a wide varity of syrups, if you desire a corporate brand.

You also stop paying for the bottles or cans and reduce your recycling.

Good idea

I'll suggest it. I don't give her permission to do anything though. She does whatever she wants to do!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

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I would purchase one as a present.

..if she doesn't buy one herself, soon.

I'll probably do that

Now when is her birthday again..........

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Till death do you part

soda or not! GOOD FOR YOU!

I am from the Chicagoland area

and it has ALWAYS been called "pop". Now, I live in Texas and everyone down here calls it "soda".


I'm from and in Chicago for 5 decades, barely anyone I know calls it pop. If you leave the city and go into the northern burbs, I know more people that call it pop, but for the most part, and despite everything I have read, I rarely ever meet anyone that calls it "pop" here.

Not that I really care about what people call it. WGAF. But I don't like a claim saying one way or another for everyone, because I find the claim to be false in many areas.