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Pop seems first to have been used as a colloquial term for fizzy drinks at the beginning of the nineteenth century: in 1812 the poet Robert Southey writes in a letter of ‘a new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because “pop goes the cork” when it is drawn’. As this suggests, pop was originally restricted to non-alcoholic drinks, and that has remained its main application, although since the 1880s it has also been used colloquially for champagne and other sparkling wines. In American English, the term is characteristic of Midwestern speech; people from the Northeastern states use soda.

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