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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What sound does a cork make? Is it a “clump,” or a “gloop,” or something similar to this?
—William, Southampton, U.K.
Not every cork makes a sound when it’s pulled, but I’ve only ever heard the sound of a cork coming out of a bottle referred to as a “pop” (and “popping corks” is a way to refer to opening wines). If you’re trying to imitate the sound, it’s most closely replicated by what’s called a “palatal click,” made by creating a vacuum between your tongue and the roof of your mouth. But I really like this “gloop” sound you suggest. I might gloop some corks tonight!