Discussion Forum

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Go over someone's house
Locative preposition deletion
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
2013/07/10
3:38am
Avatar
Glenn
Admin
Forum Posts: 1719
Member Since:
2009/03/03
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

My heart goes out to the caller who says “go over someone’s house.” I use that construction and I was teased regularly by college roommates. My upbringing was in Philadelphia.

I use it still, so their teasing was ineffective.

2013/07/10
7:09am
Avatar
Heimhenge
New River, AZ, USA
Members
Forum Posts: 1095
Member Since:
2010/05/18
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Since I don’t recall you ever mentioning anything about being a pilot (or a super hero or detective or inspector) I can only assume this expression includes an implied “to” after the “over,” no? Never heard it in Wisconsin where I grew up, nor here in AZ where I now live. My wife, who also grew up in WI, uses a similarly truncated phrase that at first threw me off. She’d say “I’m going to my sister’s house, and I’ll bring the dog (or whatever) with.” Here it’s an implied “me” after the “with.” She still uses that construction, and after 30+ years of marriage I’ve caught myself using it.

Another I’ve heard is “I’m gonna go by John’s house on the way home.” when the intention is clearly to stop and actually visit.

No doubt all are just examples of the penchant for expedience (a.o.t. expediency or expeditiousness) in American English. Sorta’ like our use of contractions, formal or otherwise. But hey … what’s a little truncation among friends?

2013/07/10
8:34am
Avatar
RobertB
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 575
Member Since:
2012/02/20
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

If coming from a police detective, it could sound like he’s purposely testing your reaction as a potential suspect, no? Or like a not so funny joke. A little disconcerting if coming out of a bunch of loitering youths.

2013/07/12
10:44am
nelgin
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 27
Member Since:
2013/06/15
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Did you use a rope or ladder to get up on the roof? (so you could go over their house).

 

As a kid I would often say, “I’m going over Steve’s”. which may be even more confusing because it doesn’t say what of Steve’s I’m going over. The exceptionally sloppy kids would probably use, “I’m gonna go Steve’s” which may be more of an accurate description.

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 1147

Currently Online:
92 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Heimhenge: 1095

deaconB: 744

Ron Draney: 721

Bob Bridges: 680

RobertB: 575

Robert: 549

tromboniator: 496

Dick: 455

samaphore: 312

dilettante: 287

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 615

Members: 3155

Moderators: 1

Admins: 5

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 1

Topics: 3610

Posts: 18845

Newest Members:

Gholbigelvoceapdome, Fonckoceapdome, Ariulaceoceapdome, Topmenoceapdome

Moderators: Grant Barrett: 1500

Administrators: Martha Barnette: 820, Grant Barrett: 1500, EmmettRedd: 854, Glenn: 1719, timfelten: 0