Soda or Pop? The Age-Old Debate is Visualized in a Map of Regional Dialects in the U.S.


Soda? Pop?  What is it called?!?!?! This is probably one of the most heated debates I get in to with people from other states (Except people from the Deep South who ask if I would like a cold Co-Cola.  I freaking love that).  Whenever we have this debate, the debaters are always trying to figure out if its a regional thing or just a blow to a head that causes them to address the cold sweet fizzy syrup as something different that what they call it.  Joshua Katz, a Ph.D candidate at North Carolina State University, has taken data from a questionnaire of regional dialects and mapped the information out in order to lend a little order to the madness.

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