Today's Word of the Day means...
"A new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because pop goes the cork when it is drawn." [Southey, letter, 1812]Baseball sense of "to hit a ball high in the air" is from 1867. Sense of "ice cream on a stick" is from 1923 (see popsicle). To pop the question is from 1725, specific sense of "propose marriage" is from 1826. Popcorn is first attested 1819. Pop-eyed "having bulging eyes" is recorded from 1820. Pop-gun as a type of child's toy is from 1622. Pop-over "light cake" is from 1876. Pop goes the weasel, a country dance, was popular 1850s at court balls, etc.
[all senses related to pop as an echoic term for a sharp noise or a sharp blow; in the first sense, ''ginger beer,'' found by 1836]
Popular; having a very broad audience: Tom Wolfe, the pop journalist
[1910+; found by 1862 in the senses ''a popular concert,'' ''popular music'']