Is it O.K to ask someone, “Would you like a cool drink?”

Native speakers of English do not refer to a cola as a “cool drink”. Instead they use “soft drink”, “soda” and “soda pop”. They would normally ask, “Would you like a soft drink?” or “Would you like a soda?” So is it wrong to ask someone if he wants a “cool drink”? Not in the Indian context. In India everyone would understand what you mean.

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, May 24, 2004

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