Great battles in history

Waterloo. Little Big Horn. Trafalgar. Tippecanoe. Hastings. No doubt these are some of the most documented and studied conflicts in history. So what new bloody struggles can scholars turn their learned brains to?
Pop vs. Soda. Eh? Yup. This has now crossed over to academia. Sort of… well, there’s a site about it anyway. It’s tied to the East Central University of Oklahoma. (Clearly the leader in the field of segregated carbonated beverage colloquialisms in relation to American geography.)

I grew up in the Midwest. I called it ‘pop.’ I moved to Pennsylvania as a young adult. I called it ‘pop’ and sometimes ‘soda’ if the present company seemed more like a ‘soda’ kind of crowd. I’ve vacationed in the South. They call it ‘Coke’ even if it’s Sprite. (RC Cola is also much more prevalent in the Southern states. Sometimes if you ask for a ‘Coke’ there, you’ll receive an RC. You just need to be more laid back really. That’s kind of the way of the South.)

PopsodaWhat does it all mean? I dunno. But I’m not sure it qualifies as a battle or controversy really… 😉 (Do you think I can major in that subject at ECU? Perhaps a Bachelors Degree in Beverage Diversity? Hmmmm…) Check out the site and enjoy the interactive map of beverage slang terminology.

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11 thoughts on “Great battles in history”

  1. In Glasgow any fizz beverage is traditionally referred to as ‘Ginger’ although you mainly see people with cans and bottles of Barr’s Iru-Brew

    I don’t know if it is a family thing or an Edinburgh thing but I refer to most non-tea/milk/coffee things a ‘juice’ although I have been told off for this as some people consider juice only to be fruit juice!


  2. So is a tab still a tab?
    Is mountain dew still sickly green in colour?
    Is dandelion and burdock still the best fizzy pop beverage ever invented by the Gods?

    These are all important questions, my friends…

    Thank goodness that excessive budgets and sheer boredom have allowed these good folks at ECUO to start asking them.

    The world is a much better place, and I can once again start to feel safe in my bed tonight.

    Ta jEN

  3. Whoa! Your worldly knowledge of carbonated beverages is a force to be reckoned with Matt! 🙂 Why yes, I think Tab is still Tab and Mt. Dew is still nuclear pee. You trump me, dear connoisseur, on the dandelion and burdock elixir, but I trust your infinite wisdom on the subject.

    I think if you ever need the work, there just might be a guest teaching position available for you in Oklahoma. 🙂


  4. Dandelion & Burdock is definitely THE only choice for the serious carbonated drinks guru.

    Kev, I feel your pain and I feel your shame, but you’re not to blame.
    The D & B you may have tasted in the past may not have been the good s**t, and so alas it may have fallen over at the first hurdle and failed to impress.

    The best, and I mean truly perfect D&B sample can be purchased at Tescos, where I believe they import it fresh from the source, having been hand squeezed on the thighs of vestal virgins before being bulk-packed into the 18 wheeler artic. 🙂

  5. I think Matt could be right. I my experience of D&B was a case of once tried, never tried again.

    I was wondering where all the vestal virgins had gone,now I know. They are working for Tesco along with every celebrity voiceover in the country!


  6. I don’t know what kind of sodas you are talking about, but here in the states it doesn’t get any better than Sun Drop.

  7. Oh jeez- I forgot about Sun Drop! Actually, I was always a Dr. Pepper girl until I gave up pop for the most part. I had a mild addiction to Josta- which was a fruity, guarana pop- but I think they stopped making it after about a year. Just as well I guess… my bones and teeth are better off for it really. 😛


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