I first noticed it a few years ago. The pinkos are winning. The word pop is disappearing from planet Earth. I am from Buffalo, NY where we have always said pop.Soda was once a completely alien word.
When my cousins from eastern New York State would babysit us and ask us if we wanted soda, I thought they were offering me a box of Arm and Hammer.Today, soda is much more common to hear among young people. It’s clearly generational, the word pop will probably be completely gone in a few decades. What I’m wondering is, is the speed of the change geographic? We say pop in Buffalo because we are a Midwest city (culturally) and we’re next to Canada. I’m sure there’s a few old timers in New England who still say tonic, but that word is all but gone (now means tonic water). I’m intrigued. I’ll always say pop, because I wear your granddad’s clothes and I look incredible, but I concede soda rolls off the tongue easier. Please pass this around. I want to do a little study. I especially want to hear from people in Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Canada.
Please comment!! I want to know FOUR things:
Where are you from?
How old are you?
Which word do you use?
Have you changed words in your life time?