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You All Come on In. Can I Get You a Coke?
By Michael Hollingsworth
Monday, November 28, 2011

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As a young lad, growing up in the deep southern town of Waynesboro, Mississippi, we southerners used the word “coke” when referring to soft drink in general. Let me explain with this hypothetical.

 A friend and I are biking downtown on a hot summer day and, stopping at a general store, I ask my friend if she would like a coke.  

She answers, “Yeah, I would love a cold coke. I sure need something wet”  

“Great” I reply “ what would you like?

Giving it some thought she answers, “Well let’s see now, I think I’ll have a 7-up.”

“Sir, my friend and I want cokes” I tell the storeowner.

“Fine, what will it be? He asks.

“She wants a 7-up and I want a big old Orange crush”, I tell him.


It made perfect sense to us Southerners.  A coke meant the same thing as a soft drink.  Believe me.  It’s true .

It sounds funny to me now.  Nowadays I use the term Soda Pop or just Soda when speaking of a soft drink.  I also refer to it sometimes simply as a Pop.  Some people just prefer calling it a soft drink.  

Anyway, whatever floats your boat.  

What’s the difference in a soft drink and a hard drink?  The answer is alcohol.  Add alcohol to a soft drink and it immediately turns hard.  I don’t know how it turns but it does.  I noticed hard lemonade being sold in the stores.  I guess someone put some alcohol in the lemonade and it turned hard.  I reckon, since lemonade is involved, it is a southern thing too.  

Down South a hard drink is often simply referred to as a “drink”.  When you come to my house, even to this day, and simply ask for a drink.  I might reply, “sorry, but we don’t drink so I don’t have any alcohol in the house”.    If it is water you want, you should say “drink of water”.  

Now I reckon all this important southern stuff is boring to you but I just thought your mind should be clear just in case you ever dropped by the house and asked for a drink, soft drink, soda pop, soda, pop, or a coke.

All this writing has made me hungry.  I’m closing now and leaving for the kitchen to make a peanut butter and plum jelly sandwich.  Think I’ll have a soda pop too.


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Reviewed by J Howard 12/3/2011
i love cokes, though don't drink them often. super marketing for a company to get the public to use their brand to mean something else-as in kleenex instead of tissue. but do remind me to ask for just water when a visiting ya'.

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