“Pop,” “Soda,” or “Heaven Bubbles”?


You’ve probably seen this regional-dialect quiz from the New York Times making the rounds on your social networks. You answer questions about your vocabulary and pronunciation, and it tries to determine where in the United States you’re from.

But the New Yorker‘s Shouts & Murmurs blog is really upping the ante with their own dialect quiz, which asks questions like “What do you call sweetened carbonated beverages?” Do you use “soda,” “pop,” or “Coke”? What about “fizz-bang,” “explodo,” or “gentleman’s seltzer”?

Take it to find out what they call “pineapple heat” in other parts of the country. (Some people call it “sunshine”! How quaint!)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →