I have lived in several differnt parts of the US now, and I have always been accused of labeling all soft drinks “coke” even though I don’t. I refer to them specifically. A Mt. Dew is a Mt Dew, a Dr Pepper is a Dr Pepper, a Sierra Mist is a Sierra Mist (even though it used to be a Sprite). Generically and taken together, they are known to me as soft drinks.
I saw this map, and now it all makes sense. I was raised in a portion of the country that largely chooses “other” an finds itself in the vast minority. Wow. So whats up now all you mid-westerners who accused me of saying Coke all the time? Now I have my empirical data!
Boo Yow –