I often I find the word ‘get’ or ‘got’ needlessly overused on the internet and in papers and magazines, but is it really ugly? When I was about twelve our teacher told us that ‘get’ and ‘got’ should be reserved for when you mean ‘obtain’ or ‘obtained’ (as in ‘Get your bag’, or ‘I got my wages’) and that used elsewhere they were ugly, and that we could usually either leave them out or find better words. ‘I’ve got a cold’ is a contraction of ‘I have got a cold’, and the phrase ‘I have a cold’ means the same, so in this case the word ‘got’ is superfluous. When you think about it, maybe he was right, though I’m not sure that ‘ugly’ is the right word.
There’s the case of a writer (I forget which writer) who thought that the word “swallow” was the most beautiful word in English: “The swallow, bonny birdie, comes sharp twittering o’er the sea, / And gladly is her carol heard for the sunny days to be…” Until a friend asked “You like the word ‘swallow’? Do you mean what you do when you have a lump of phlegm in your throat?” Suddenly the word was not beautiful any more.
Among the shower of drivel the contemporary world drenches us with, needless Gets and Gots are everywhere. But maybe we should all get used to it, get over it, get with it and get cool.