Sunday, June 04, 2006

Soda vs. Pop

In the different regions of our great nation the beverage genre known as "soda pop" goes by different monikers. There's the coasts, which generally call it "soda" and there's the Midwest, which generally calls it "pop". And then there's those folks in the south who just call it all "coke." Freaks.

Anyways, I was doing some thinking about the fact that this beverage has these different names, and asking myself "Why? Why, Lord, why must it have these different names?" And then I thought about which name was best.

For starters, "coke" is right out. That's just dumb. "Soda" and "pop" both make some sense, being derived from the name "soda pop" and all.

But which of those two makes most sense?

Well, first off, there's the fact that these names are both abbreviations of the larger actual God-given name of "soda pop". Clearly then the superior abbreviation is the superior name. What makes for a good abbreviation? Ease and brevity, both written and spoken. "Soda" is 4 letters, and contains 2 syllables. "Pop" is 3 letters, and just 1 syllable.

Obviously, "pop" is the superior abbreviation, and therefore the superior short-form of "soda pop".

But even more essentially, there's something very, very wrong about using the word "soda" as a noun when it is clearly and adjective. "Soda pop" is, like "soda crackers" or "soda water", a thing which is made with form of carbonation. The thing itself is the pop (or the crackers or the water) and "soda" is just a modifier, describing the thing itself.

So it makes no freaking sense to use the word "soda" as the short form of "soda pop" because "soda" can modify lots of different things, where as "pop" is the actual thing itself. We don't call a "birthday cake" a "birthday" for short; we call it a "cake" because "birthday" can modify all sorts of nouns, like "party" or "card".

So, obviously, "pop" is the best - and ultimately the only sensible - short form of the phrase "soda pop."

Now I'd appreciate it if all you jerks calling it "soda" would just knock it the heck off.

Huckleberry, cherry or lime

6 comments:

Greg said...

Well, I always thought it was a given that it pop was superior, when lists pop first.

The linked page shows where, approximately, the borders lie of who calls what where. There's also a section called other, where people have various write in votes, such as tonic, fizzy drink, and "Dear web designer, you should have put a limit on the number of characters that can fit in this field. It would eliminate a bunch of wordy, mostly irrelevant responses. Like this one."

Also, if I may combine the topic of this and your previous post, with some science, then I will link to
a video of a pop and mentos powered version of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. I happened to find this video right before I read this blog. It's pretty impressive, but the music kinda gets stuck in your head.

Greg said...

I apologize for the apparent comment spam. It looked good when I previewed it, but when I submitted it, it got messed up. My bad. I hope the points I was making were understandable. If the post I made was unreadable, then feel free to delete it.

emnovak said...

go pop.

Ben said...

It's coke. Punk.

:P

Funny anecdote: for perhaps the first 9 or 10 years of my life, I didn't know what "pop" was.

the marvelous patric said...

when i was 15, i had a pen pal from california. we traded, she got "pop" and i use "soda."

also, soda rhymes with YODA.

i do it mostly to be different. and, because "pop" also has various non-digestible meanings, such as one's father or to hit.

see, it's not only a noun.

Anonymous said...

Also, "soda" is derived from "sodium bicarbonate," used in the making of such drinks.

"Pop" is the invention of some soda jerker somewhere who noticed that corks on bottle make a popping noise when they fly off.

Since, sadly, we no longer use corks on bottlesfor cheap soft drinks, that name is obsolete. ALSO, the drink does NOT go "POP" the drink gos "FIZZ". If I heard popping noises coming from my can I would be VERY concerned.

"Soda" is OBVIOUSLY the more sophisticated, TRUE name.

I rest my case.