If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?
Oh, goody. The Daily Prompt gave me a chance to vent about a word I hate. I hereby ban the verbs Get and Got!
Why? People use “Get” and “Got” so often it’s ridiculous. Consider the following:
- I went to the store and got chips, pizza and sodas.
- She’s getting a new pair of shoes.
- I got to bed but couldn’t get to sleep.
- We will get up in the morning and get breakfast.
- Get me an order of fries.
- He got a pair of fives.
- Get lost.
How did you get chips, pizza and sodas? How did she get a pair of shoes? Whether bought, stole, or borrowed answers the question, use the more descriptive verb. Now, see my choices for some other sentences:
- I went to bed but couldn’t sleep.”
- When we wake up in the morning, we will go out for breakfast.
- Bring me an order of fries.
Now, let me tell you something. “He got a pair of fives” was extremely difficult to write without using has. This sentence sets off every grammar alarm I have! I think “He has a pair of fives” is just as easy to say and more understandable.
“Get lost” might be my one exception to the ban. I used it for part of a post title not too long ago. However, “Leave me alone” or “Go away” works just as well.
There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of uses for “get” and “got”, but you don’t usually see “gotten.” My guess is the people who use “Get” and “Got”, don’t want to waste the time it takes to say, “She has gotten a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Instead they would butcher it by saying, “She got a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Ow, my brain is going to explode.
- A Word I’d Like To Drop (jitterygt.wordpress.com)
- Don’t Call Me Out My Name (starvingactivist.wordpress.com)
- Shame On “SHOULD” (iamwhoiamnowblog.wordpress.com)
- Get rid of “should” (theworminmyapple.com)
Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?
Our apartment is on fire and I’m alone! Oh no, what can I do? I can’t save everything — maybe five items if I’m lucky. My cat was smart enough to rush out by himself, but what do I save?
First, I pick up my Writing Collection which is in a big plastic tub. To it, I add my file box which is also full of writing. Then I collect as many pictures and picture albums as I can and place them in the tub. Several items stuffed inside one item still makes one item — as long as I can carry it, right?
Then, I run back to the bedroom and disconnect my desktop computer. It has far too many files on its hard-drive to let it be destroyed! Once I have it outside, I disconnect my son’s computer and make sure it’s safe!
What else do I value? Oh, my genealogical research must be saved! Most of it isn’t on the computer’s hard-drive yet. I gather up all my papers, manila envelopes, and the wire-bound notebook I use for genealogy so I won’t have to start over on that.
A couple of fire trucks arrive and it’s only then I realize my neighbors are also rushing in and out of their apartments to save their valuables. I only have time to rescue one more thing before one of the firefighters tells us all to stay outside.
What have I missed? I can’t save the television because it’s too big! The DVR can be replaced easily enough, but I must choose between an exterior hard-drive, an X-box and a Wii. Gee whiz, I never realized I had so many valuables. Uh-oh, I forgot about my records! The other stuff can be replaced, but where would I find that many LP’s and 45’s? I pick up the container with our vinyl record collection and rush outside for the last time.