We have always known that in some parts of the country, a soda was called a pop (or vice versa), and in other regions all pops (or sodas) were referred to as a Coke.  However, not until very recently has research actually mapped it out to see exactly who says what and where.

Professor Greg Plumb of East Central University in Oklahoma settles the issues with astounding accuracy.  His findings state that:  People in the Southern States call all carbonated drinksCoke,” even if it is not a Coke.  Those who live on the Northeastern Coast refer to carbonated drinks as “Sodas.”  And, those who live in the Midwest refer to carbonated drinks as  “Pop.

As I thought about the dialect changes, I was reminded that the way we talk every day tells people a lot about us as individuals.  Not only can our talk reveal where we grew up or reside, but our vocals can also expose our moods, our morals, and our daily mindsets.

As the Bible says, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”(Eph. 4)

So today, think about what you say…and examine what your words say about you. 

Have a blessed day,

John Mark Caton, Ph.