Up till my teenage years, when we started paying attention to life and to how people in other parts of the country spoke (mainly due to TV news, VietNam, etc)...
...well anyway, if someone had asked for a soda I would have had to drag out the ice cream, fizzywater, and chocolate syrup... tall glass, long spoon, straw, whipped cream and cherry.
THAT's what a soda is!
Aww t'heck with that... the drugstore's just down the street.
ALL drugstores had soda fountains.
(Sorry for two stupid posts in a row! It's just too early in the morning for thinking.)