Soda Pop (n.) - The Happiest Invention.

Soda Pop (n.) - The Happiest Invention.

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Soda Pop

A fizzy beverage usually flavored with a sugary syrup.

History & Etymology

Let’s jump in to the history of soda pop. One of the most interesting things about Soda Pop is how many different ways people refer to it. Here’s a map of the US that shows the distribution of the three most common ways to refer to soda pop. Soda, Pop, or Coke.

Let’s start with the word “soda.” Origins of the word any earlier than Latin are vague and uncertain, but it referred to an alkaline substance that can be found in several varieties including sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate (More widely known as baking soda.)

After Joseph Priestley invented a reliable way to infuse water with carbon dioxide gas in 1767 he would serve his carbonated with sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda) added to make it taste more like naturally carbonated spring water. I find it kind of fitting that the word that one of the words that came to refer to this style of beverage was named after the first flavor ever added to an artificially carbonated drink. Even now if you buy a Club Soda or Soda Water it still contains baking soda as a flavoring.

Pop on the other hand is simply an onomatopoeia of an explosion or strike, that’s been in use since the 1400s. The first recorded use of the word pop to refer to a carbonated beverage was in 1812.

A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because ‘pop goes the cork’ when it is drawn.

And it wasn’t until 1863 when the whole phrase soda pop was recorded, surprisingly to describe people shouting.
The continual soda-pop-like burstings of members calling ‘Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker!’

It’s impossible to really know exactly how long before this was recorded that people were actually using the word soda pop.

Most of the time people will only use one of these words either soda or pop. I’ve always preferred soda myself, but you tell me which you prefer in the comments do you use soda, pop, or even coke? I’d love to hear from you.

And if you’re interested in seeing my reactions and reviews of other more unique flavors of soda pop you can find a link to my vlog channel down below in the description.


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