GYG Day 69. SLN 10: Fun on Friday. “Just pop it down there, please”.

I often get strange looks when I say things like “Just pop it (down) there, please” – I’m sure I don’t need to explain why. No, it wasn’t a slip of the keyboard – the verb “to pop” is handy in everyday English and basically means to do something quickly or for a short time. Here are my top 10 ‘popping’ phrasal verbs to delight the natives and get funny looks in Germany.

  1. Just pop it (down) there, please
  2. I’ll pop it in the post on my way home.
  3. I’m just popping off for a bite to eat.
  4. Pop in/by whenever you like, we aren’t going out.
  5. He popped round for a cuppa and a natter.
  6. We’ve run out of milk, just pop for a bottle of milk, will you, son?
  7. There’s a strange noise outside, pop your shoes on and look.
  8. I’ll pop home and look for it.
  9. An idea just popped into my head. Why don’t we ……?

10. Charity shops are popping up all over the place.

I’ll pop off then – TTFN

to get strange looks (seltsame Blicke bekommen), slip of the pen (Schreibfehler), colloquial English (umgangsprachliches Englisch), to get funny looks, (seltsame Blicke bekommen), to pop sth in (a place) (schnell etw irgendwo reintun), to pop off (to a place) (schnell verschwinden), a bite to eat (eine Kleinigkeit essen), to pop in/over somebody (kurz reinschauen), to pop round  (herüberkommen), cuppa = a cup of tea (eine Tasse Tee), natter (Schwätzen), “We’ve run out of milk” (Uns ist die Milch ausgegangen), to pop for sth/sb (schnell (jdn/etw) holen), to pop sth on (etw schnell überziehen), to pop (somewhere) ((irgendwo) flitzen), “An idea just popped into my head” (etw in den Sinn kommen), charity shop (Second-Hand-Laden), to pop up (aus dem Boden schießen) TTFN (ta ta for now) (Tschüss)

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