It's been a few weeks since I have seen this topic so I guess it was due I call carbonated beverages soda.
Same as the other Aussies/Kiwis here:
Soft Drink / Fizzy Drink
Fizzy drink is usually targetted at kids though you see plenty of adults using it.
i call it soda, but ive heard pop many times as well... technically it IS soda pop
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In my country we don't use the short "soda" we for some reaon insist on saying "sodavand = soda water" or just brand names, except for coke, that all goes into one category but instead of "coke" we call it "cola".
So in a restaurant you ask for cola they would ask if Pepsi is ok if that's the brand they offer there.
...From the UK, I don't think we've ever used Soda or Pop... I think they tried to make 'pop' catch on here once in the nineties but really have you ever heard a brit say it? Sounds dumb. Soda also sounds a bit pretentious and strange when I say it, my accent makes words like that sound awkward. Got some odd looks when I dined in America when ordering (yeah I wasn't in the 'tourist areas' so it was a strange affair)
Carbonated drink/carbonated beverage. Or just call the specific drink by it's name (e.g. Cola, Fanta, Sprite, etc.)
Soda, mostly though as some said; Coke, Sprite, Mt Dew, etc
Down here, if its fizzy and it dont get you drunk, its soft.
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I've always gone with the name of the beverage as it removes the need for any additional questions. I mean if a flat mate, gf/bf, sis/bro, or parent is at the store and you want them to bring you back a <Insert beverage choice here> it just seems to make more sense to ask, "Hey, can you bring me back a <insert beverage>?", in stead of "Hey, can you bring me back a soda/pop/cola/coke?" and have them respond with "Sure, what kind?"
But maybe that's just me not being a huge fan of excessive questions especially when I can give all the information they need with one.
The Mid-West generally calls it Pop, but I've been pretty much been in every direction. So I will give my 2 cents.
Mid-West : Pop
North East Coast : Soda
South East Coast : Soda
South : Soda
South West : Pop
West Coast : Pop