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Where does the word coke and soda pop come from? Answered

 Some people say coke, some say soda pop . Why ?

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lemonie
lemonie

Best Answer 10 years ago

Like Nacho' says, the "soda" aspect comes from "soda water", where adding bicarbonate of soda helps dissolve carbon dioxide, as it's basic and 'dioxide is acidic. For modern "sodas" they just use higher pressure carbon dioxide (industrial) as Coke (R) is highly-acidic due to (industrial-and-way-cheaper-than-citric) phosphoric-acid.
Look at the history of Coca-Cola and you'll see it used to have Cocaine in it , although the Coca-Cola company may deny this these days...

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Koosie
Koosie

10 years ago

It's more got to do with where you live, I think.  Here in South Africa, everyone calls it coke.  If you asked a waiter for soda pop, they'd get all confused.

I think the Brits refer to it as soda pop, not sure really.

As to why, well, coke is a shorter (and lazier) way to say coca and it is a soda and the pop would refer to the fizziness.

Falls down to personal preference.  Some say tomato, some say tomayto.

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seandogue
seandogue

Answer 10 years ago

you meant tomahto and tomato, didn't you?

:)

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Koosie
Koosie

Answer 10 years ago

lohl   ;->

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

Nope, we dont' call it Soda pop. That's an American-ism. More likely its a "fizzy drink"

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Koosie
Koosie

Answer 10 years ago

Oh, my mistake.

Fizzle for rizzle?

:-)

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blkhawk
blkhawk

Answer 10 years ago

In the US is mostly  "soda". "Pop" used to be very popular but now it is not heard very often.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

Except, we've noticed, in Western Pennsylvania !

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seandogue
seandogue

Answer 10 years ago

And eastern Ohio (ahem)

<<says "Pop"

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Quercus austrina
Quercus austrina

Answer 10 years ago

We, in eastern Pennsyltucky, call a Coke, Coke; a Pepsi, Pepsi, etc. or when you don't quite know what to get, soda or soft drink. Soda pop is hardly ever heard, but way down south where relatives live, Pop is the big generic word, not soda or soda pop. Must be a regional thing.

Qa

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nickodemus
nickodemus

Answer 10 years ago

In the southern states, we usually just call it coke.

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blkhawk
blkhawk

Answer 10 years ago

I thought you came from Narnia! ;)

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gearhead1951
gearhead1951

10 years ago

Yep ! ,  Coke used to contain cocaine in 7 percent solution !!

Gives " the pause that refreshes" and " Things go better with Coke " a whole new interpretation !!

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shawntherobot
shawntherobot

10 years ago

coke was called coke because the original coka cola recipe actually had 6 milligrams of cocaine in it and soda pop idk

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seandogue
seandogue

10 years ago

"Soda" comes from the soda water that was originally added  to a flavored syrup to make "soda pop".

"Pop" came from the sound that a bottle made when you opened it. When they originally started bottling, the cap didn't screw off like it does today.

And I say pop. It's pretty common in NE Ohio.

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Re-design
Re-design

10 years ago

Soda pop is what carbonated drinks were called.  The first ones were made at a fountain by adding soda water to fruit juices.

Before that soda water was used in mixed alcohol to dilute the alcohol so that you weren't drinking straight liquor.   Made it socially acceptable to drink.

Coke is a registered trademark but is generally used to denote a soft drink.  Like in, "You want a coke?  Sure, you got a Dr. Pepper?"

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 10 years ago

google "soda pop"  "soda water" etc to get the full story.

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 10 years ago

And "coke".

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 10 years ago

And "soft drink".

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

10 years ago

.  Coke is short for Coca-Cola, which is a combination of coca (for the coca plant) and cola (for the cola plant). In some places, "coke" is used generically to indicate just about any flavored, sweetened, carbonated beverage.
.  Don't know about the soda pop bit. I'll guess that some chemical with "soda" in it's name (maybe soda ash?) was (maybe still is) used to create CO2 gas (carbonation).

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Answer 10 years ago

The "soda" part might be sodium bicarbonate, added to the carbonated water to reduce the acidity, according to the Wiki article on "soda water"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soda_water
I mean that's some sort of  traditional recipe.  As you point out the modern meaning of "soda" is any beverage that's sweet and carbonated.  Modern "soda" doesn't necessarily contain any sodium salts.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 10 years ago

I posted mine after missing yours, apology.

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