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Pop vs. Soda vs. Coke

Via Instapundit, a very cool county-by-county map of the terminology people use to refer to soft drinks:

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Blues are "pop", reds are "coke", and yellows are "soda" (with the darker tints signifying higher percentages). The full-size version can be found here.

What I found interesting was the distribution of results in my part of the country (North Carolina) and the surrounding states (Virginia and the northern part of South Carolina):

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The rest of the country tends to be fairly uniform, but for some reason, in the Carolinas and Virginia, name preferences are (literally) all over the map. What's up with that?

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