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May 24, 2004



Wow, so money and resources were spent researching this information. :-)

I'm not surprised to learn that my eastern NY is overwhelmingly 'soda' country.


I remember when I was a kid (12, 13) and there was a big baseball tournament in our area (suburbs of Albany). All us local kids used to laugh at the the Buffalo kids for calling it "pop". I was working concessions and began shouting into a microphone, "get your ice cold pop", and then I would laugh up uproariously as if this was a great joke.

Of course, none of those words strikes me as being as ridiculous as "minerals".


no money. people just sent in their info via the web, and the info has been building up....


I couldn't resist this and wrote more about it this morning.

Frank McGahon

It's true!, When I think about "minerals", it doesn't make any sense, but you are quite correct, that is the default Irish word.

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"Minerals" is also the normal term used in Nigeria ...

I'm guessing this is one of those Yankee vs. latter-British-Empire things. Perhaps some Aussies and South Africans could enlighten us further on this subject.
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Do people in Britain call them minerals? I didn't think so, but sounds reasonable if Nigerians do too.

Frank McGahon

I don't associate "minerals" with Britain but that could still be consistent with the British Empire theory: As imperial power, (all of*) Britain wasn't part of the empire in the same way as, say, Australia, South Africa or Nigeria.

*Some areas, particularly North England and Scotland share usages with Ireland but not with Southern England (such as the word "shite")

Eddie Harrington

Frank: You would not believe the dilemma such names can cause. Being from NY I had called soda/pop/coke "soda" my entire life, though I had met a few foilks west of the mighty Mississippi that called it "pop." Then I went on active duty in Mississippi and went to a real local place. I sat down ordered a burger and she asked me whether I wanted anything to drink, to which I replied, "I'll have a coke." She looked at me and said, "What kind of Coke?" Puzzled, I thought for a second and said, "a regular coke." This of course confused the NASCAR loving waitress even more and we went back and forth a few more times before I realized that even a 7-Up or Pepsi is a form of "coke." She didn't get the humor when I asked her if Pepsi's lawyers knew about this.

Frank McGahon

There's a really corny Northern Ireland joke I first heard on a bus to Old Trafford to see Manchester United:

Guy (from Northern Ireland obviously) goes into a bar in New York and asks for whiskey. Barman asks if he'd like a soda with that, Guy says, thanks but no, he's not hungry.

["soda" in Northern Ireland is soda bread, a major component of the heart-stopping Ulster Fry breakfast]


In my experience, we Aussies tend to use the term "soft drinks" largely as a generic for non-alcoholic carbonated drinks. although it sounds like it might also include things like fruit juices, these often get referred to separately. I think this is fairly universal usage within OZ. but I'm from Brisbane in Queensland. Perhaps some other Aussies have a different opinion.


It's "soft drinks" or sometimes just "drinks" in New South Wales, Australia, and in New Zealand, also sometimes "fizzy drinks", especially when talking to kids.

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