question to the British

The one   Tuesday, October 07, 2003, 22:23 GMT
(It's a question to the Britons.It's a british expression so the Americans may not know it.)
Do you know what does it "pop over" mean ?
e.g. "We are out of milk, I will pop over to the shop to get some".
Could you tell me more sentences with "pop over" ?
Is that expression in common usage ?

...and my second question is, how do you pronounce "often" ?
Clark   Tuesday, October 07, 2003, 23:05 GMT
"Pop over" means that someone will go some place.

I will pop iver to the store to get cheese. = I will go to the store to get cheese.

"Often" as far as I know is pronounced without the "t." But I have only really paid attention to the people in Lincolnshire, who do ot pronunce the "t" in "often."
mjd   Tuesday, October 07, 2003, 23:12 GMT
This is expression is heard in the U.S. as well. It just means to "go get."

"I'll just pop over and get some Ice cream."
mjd   Tuesday, October 07, 2003, 23:15 GMT
*This expression... (omit the first "is")
Californian   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 01:51 GMT
I use this expression all the time! "Can I pop over and pick up some CDs?" etc. To me it means a quick stop.
Juan   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 02:09 GMT
How about "Get OFF OF me" in American English. Why do you include the extra "OF", it sounds a bit awkward. How did this come about why not just say "Get OFF me" which sounds perfectly fine to me. Or maybe Im wrong and my grammar is not quite right.
Jim   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 02:33 GMT
Yeah, the "of" doesn't belong in "Get off of me."

I'd say that the definitions given above for "pop over" all fit my idea of the verb.

It's often used to refer to a visit, especially a short one, e.g. "I thought I'd pop over and say 'Hi!'."

I'd never heard the "t"'s being pronounced in "often" until I lived in Vancouver.
Boy   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 04:24 GMT
"Can I pop over and pick up some CDs?" etc.

May I write this sentence like this?

- "Can I pull over and pick up some CDs?" I heard it three or four times in a movie when someone was driving a car.
Jim   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 05:16 GMT

Both "Can I pop over and pick up some CDs?" and "Can I pull over and pick up some CDs?" are okay but they mean different things.

To pull over is to stop the car on the side of the road.*1+0&dict=P&desc=pull%20over
Simon   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 08:48 GMT
I often pronounce the T in often but not always and the degree varies too. I think it is to do with stress.
Sima   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 12:51 GMT
I heard some French kid at school saying that he was dumpy.
What did he mean by "dumpy" ?
What kind of mood do you express by "dumpy" ?
Is it more British or American ?
For me "dumpy" means what the French call 'trapu', meaning short and fat. But that kid was neither fat nor short. I thought he might have been taught the word in a wrong way.
What do you think ?
The one   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 13:34 GMT
Thanks to all for the answers. What is past tense of 'pop over' ? poped over ?
Jamie On   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 14:14 GMT
Dumpy = fat.
sam   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 14:23 GMT
Popped over
Sima   Wednesday, October 08, 2003, 14:27 GMT
thank you Jamie On