Date: Tue, 5 Dec 1995 16:32:52 -0500 From: Jerry Miller Subject: Re: Pop & Soda >> went up to one of those traveling deli carts to buy something to drink. >> On the sign it said: Can of pop -- 50 cents. Soda -- 75 cents. I asked >> the guy what the difference was between "pop" and "soda" and he looked at >> me like I'd lost my mind. So what is the difference? > >I wish you had asked him to show them both to you. The words are >interchangable in the western states I've lived in. > My experience here in Indiana is that the two terms are interchangable, with "pop" far more common than "soda" (the only person I can remember who always said "soda" was an old news editor of mine). I think the distinction on the sign you saw may be between "pop" (as in Coca-Cola, 7-Up, etc.) and "soda" (the "yuppie" drinks like "New York Seltzer," etc.), but I could be wrong. Jerry Miller