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February 23, 2008



The reason that Southerners call soft drinks "Coke" is that Coca-Cola originated there and the company is based in Atlanta. Back in those bad old days(around the turn of the 20th century) before convenience stores and national brands, such products were distributed in a relatively local fashion. It is likely that Coke was the major "soda-type" beverage encountered by many in the South for a long time. I'm from the South, and we always wanted to "get a coke" even if you then decided to have a Nehi or a Dr. Pepper.

Larry Little

I'm sorry Maura, but in Boston it is TONIC

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