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又中又英:popping champagne

又中又英:popping champagne

2021-12-29

又中又英|Popping Champagne

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. Will you be popping champagne? To pop champagne means to open a bottle of champagne by removing the cork in a way that it makes a “pop” sound. Many people celebrate New Year’s Eve at midnight by popping champagne. Formula One racing drivers who win pop champagne to celebrate. I am not a big fan of champagne but like popping champagne by removing the cork with my thumb until it pops out. Most restaurants don’t pop champagne to avoid the cork hitting people. Waiters remove the cork by twisting it with a napkin so it pops into their hand. Many places around the world will be ringing in 2022 in a subdued mood this year.

As I explained in a previous column, to ring in something used this way means to celebrate the beginning of something, such as the New Year. The expression “subdued mood” is used to describe people who are quieter and not as happy as usual. People in many countries will be in a subdued mood because the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has put a damper on celebrations. To put a damper on something means to make it less enjoyable or exciting. Netherlands announced before Christmas there will be another lockdown. Denmark will close cinemas, amusement parks, museums, and art galleries. London and Paris have cancelled their famous New Year’s Eve fireworks. New York’s famous Times Square celebrations will be scaled back.

When will the pandemic end? People around the world are tired of lockdowns and closed borders. Just when it seemed there was hope the pandemic will ease in 2022 the world was hit with Omicron. Many countries have now decided they must learn to live with the virus. Indefinite lockdowns and closed borders will destroy the economy. The solution is to get the world vaccinated but that will take a long time. Try not to be in a subdued mood despite Omicron. Happy New Year!

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