This is actually due to advertising. Carbonated beverage makers were having a hard time creating national advertisements due to the fact that what customers called their product varies from place to place. For instance, in parts of the United States and Canada, flavored carbonated beverages are referred to as “pop”; in other parts “soda”; in India “Cold Drink” or “Coca Cola”; and there are a variety of other names commonly used as well. Then if we go international with the advertisements, in England these drinks are called “fizzy drinks”; in Ireland “minerals”. To account for the fact that they can’t refer to their product in the generic sense on national advertisements, because of these varied terms, these manufactures have chosen the term “Soft Drink” to be more or less a universal term for flavored carbonated beverages.
January 3, 2014