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

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



Best Answer 8 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...



8 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.

you meant tomahto and tomato, didn't you?


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

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

Except, we've noticed, in Western Pennsylvania !

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.


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

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 !!

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

"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.

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?"

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

.  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).

The "soda" part might be sodium bicarbonate, added to the carbonated water to reduce the acidity, according to the Wiki article on "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.

I posted mine after missing yours, apology.