Why Do Texans Call Every Soft Drink a “Coke?”

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Why Do Texans Call Every Soft Drink a “Coke?”

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Devout Coca-Cola fans (Cokeheads, if you will) may take issue with the Southern practice of calling Dr Pepper “coke.” Well, Dr Pepper isn’t the only soft drink guilty of appropriating a brand name. In the 1970s, Coca-Cola began selling a drink called Peppo, even test marketing it in the birthplace of Dr Pepper—Waco, Texas.

The good doctor sued Coca-Cola for trademark infringement, so Coke renamed their new drink Dr. Pibb—which was also determined to be a violation of the trademark.  The soft drink was eventually called Mr. Pibb. So remember that bit of soda pop history, Cokeheads, when you criticize Texan Dr Pepper fans for referring to their favorite beverage as a coke.

Why Do Texans Call Every Soft Drink a “Coke?”


The truth is Texas itself is like your favorite fizzy drink: so one-of-a-kind, you can’t really describe it to anyone, no matter what words you use. You have to experience it for yourself. Dr Pepper was invented in the Hill Country city of Waco, where the Dr Pepper Museum—complete with old fashioned soda fountain—is located today. You could argue the only thing bigger than Texas is the popularity of our native fizzy drink. And don’t forget Hot Dr Pepper—first marketed in the 1960’s, this warmed-up version of the soft drink was only ever accepted in the south. It doesn’t get any more Texan than Hot Dr Pepper!

Feel free to use whatever term you like to describe your preferred drink, whether it be coke, soda, or pop. This is America, after all, and you have the right to exercise freedom of speech—so long as you don’t call it sodie-pop. Honestly, that just makes you sound like Yosemite Sam.

Why Do Texans Call Every Soft Drink a “Coke?”

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