In the US, soft drink denotes a carbonated drink, regionally known in the North as "pop", in the South and California as "soda", in between as "soda pop", and in Atlanta as "coke". (Atlanta is home to the Coca-Cola Corporation).
The Swedish läsk means carbonated soft drink, and the Swedish word for American lemonade is "lemon drink" (citrondricka) or "lemon water" (citronvatten).
In Australia, "soft drink" almost always refers to carbonated beverages. "Lemonade" can refer to "lemon drink", but most of the time means clear soft drink (i.e. Sprite, Mountain Dew, etc.)
In the United Kingdom the term applies to carbonated drinks ("pop") and non carbonated drinks made from concentrates ("squash").
Some famous soft drinks are:
- Coca Cola
- Dansk Citronvand (Denmark: carbonated lemonade)
- Jolly Cola (Denmark, similar to Pepsi)
- Irn Bru (Scotland)
- Julmust (Sweden)
- Mountain Dew
- Root beer
- Sockerdricka (Sweden, like Sprite but without the lemon-lime flavour)
- Svagdricka (Sweden, imagine a very sweet stout with (almost) no alcohol)
- Red Bull (Austria, UK, Australia) isn't Red Bull available just about everywhere???
- Almdudler (Austria, called a lemonade but made with cabbage and flowers)