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Pop, one of Chicago's favorite slang terms!

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(noun) A drink with carbonated water, flavoring, and sweet syrup, such as Coke or Pepsi.

In other places, it is referred to as “soda pop,” or “soda.”


Molly the waitress: “Hey, hon. What'll ya have to drink?”

Joe: “What kinda pop d'ya have?”

Molly the waitress: “We have Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Shweppes tonic water...”

Joe: “Gimme a large Coke, extra ice.”

Molly the waitress: “You got it, joe.”


There are various theories on where the term “pop” or “soda pop” came from. Many think that it dated back to the early 1800s, where the beverage was called “pop” because of the sound it made when opened, and because it would make you very energetic. The term “pop” is currently used by most Chicagoans.


The Alkaholiks sing about the stuff in their song, “Soda Pop” 

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