No, no, don't drink that: creaming soda Pepsi

I had to. It was part of a magical quest.

I think in the UK we’d say “cream soda” but in Australia they say “creaming soda”, which really sounds worse. In neither country do we usually call things “soda” apart from baking soda which is something else altogether.

8 thoughts on “No, no, don't drink that: creaming soda Pepsi

  1. Ick. For both “creaming” and for whatever is in there for “max taste, no sugar.” In the US, we call that flavor “cream soda” too. Other non-alcoholic carbonated beverages are called different names regionally. Here in Michigan it’s “pop.” When I lived in Florida, I had to get used to “soda” (which makes me think of plain seltzer water) or often just “coke” no matter what brand.

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  2. We say ‘soft drink’ as the generic name for non-alcoholic fizzy drinks – in this part of Australia at least. In Yorkshire it was ‘pop’ (my cousins used to call tap water ‘council pop’).


  3. Growing up, I used to call it “fizz” (as in, a can of fizz). But I later realised that I’d never heard anyone outside my family use that term, the only possible exception being — of all things — characters drinking “pumpkin fizz” in Harry Potter.

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  4. Just about the only synonym for pop (my baseline, but I use ‘soda’ as well) is ‘tonic,’ which never seems to have been as widespread in Massachusetts as I’d been led to believe in the 60s. I suspect one reason ‘pop’ took hold with me so firmly is the Can-a-Pop brand, a 1960s pioneer in non-bottled non-beers, which I learned a few years ago came out of Wyoming.

    I’ve lived all over the US: California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, VIrginia, Massachusetts, and New York, and am also open to the influence of relatives, literature, and fans, so I’m nearly rootless when it comes to idiom–or perhaps so over-rooted that none of them have precedence on a reflexive level. My linguistics teacher pointed me out to the class as having a phony accent, which he hastened to clarify meant I had an idiolectic accent from learning pronunciations out of books more than by ear, and no insult intended. (I was proud of my self-control one time when a fellow actor praised my British accent in a show, adding that she was worried about it at first, because of my southern accent. I smiled and took it as a compliment, and did not draw myself up and say I DIDN’T HAVE ANY GODDAMN SOUTHERN ACCENT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    Still in the parentheses. One of the music professors at the school in Virginia where Cathy worked for twenty years had an accent I loved listening to. It was unusual and courtly, and whenever he spoke, whatever he said sounded polite and kindly. I wonder if that was the true Virginia accent that was mostly gone by the time I came onto the scene.)

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  5. Does Pepsi even make a cream soda in the US? Maybe one of its other brands.

    The term soda water dates to the turn of the ninteenth century. Soda pop to the 1860s. Oddly, pop as a term for a fizzy drink dates to 1812. (For the sound it made when the cork was removed.) So pop predates soda pop. I was going to say it’s unusual that we were given a phrase and one part of the country used the first word while the other used the second word, but soda pop may be a combination of soda water and pop.

    A newer term is diet when you want whatever no cal cola they have. Diet Rite was the first in 1958 (and was flavored with cyclamates which would eventually found to be carcinogenic and banned.) Outside of the US, UK and Canada, Light is often used instead of Diet.


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