Advanced search

i am loathing the gradual creep of the term 'gotten' on here

(292 Posts)
FrankietheSquealer Thu 09-Jul-15 17:07:21

Please desist

LongDistanceLove Thu 09-Jul-15 17:09:53

Yeah its gotten out of hand hasn't it? grin

FunkyPeacock Thu 09-Jul-15 17:10:19

I assume the culprits are American?

Surely no British person would

FrankietheSquealer Thu 09-Jul-15 17:10:35

its gorn MAD!

I hate it
You aren't all American. Snap out of it

ShatnersBassoon Thu 09-Jul-15 17:11:20

What about ill-gotten gains? It's a useful word. I don't care if British people want to start using it again.

SenecaFalls Thu 09-Jul-15 17:11:45

How do you feel about forgotten? Same root word.

NewsreaderChic Thu 09-Jul-15 17:12:18

Ha, I was just moaning to dd about how common it's become, she laughed at me when I said English people wouldn't have said it a few years ago.

ScOffasDyke Thu 09-Jul-15 17:13:05

I agree, OP. And "obligated" instead of "obliged"

FrankietheSquealer Thu 09-Jul-15 17:13:41

i know its probably old english etc
but its weird now

badtime Thu 09-Jul-15 17:14:46

'Gotten' is mainly used in American English, but that does not mean everyone using the word picked it up from the American usage - like many American words, it used to be more common in British English, but has just fallen out of use over the centuries.

I don't say gotten and don't like it, but it is a perfectly normal British dialect usage - I believe it is used in parts of Scotland, for example.

Everythinghaschanged Thu 09-Jul-15 17:14:56

Yes it's awful. It's everywhere!

I see it here in writing all the time. However I don't know anyone who would actually say it.

FrankietheSquealer Thu 09-Jul-15 17:15:49

i KNOW all that about the American stuff. And it comes from Olde worlde English
but its not MODERN English

MaximumVolume Thu 09-Jul-15 17:15:54

I use gotten. Because once I'd realised that it was the same as forgotten in terms of when it should be used it seemed really wrong not to use it! If my child said "I have forgot my bag" I'd correct him (nicely). Same with got/gotten. Nothing to do with America.

Smoorikins Thu 09-Jul-15 17:18:16

Nothing wrong with gotten as a term.

It's been in use all my lifetime.

Jollyphonics Thu 09-Jul-15 17:20:20

I hate gotten, really hate it. But OP I'm afraid I also dislike the way people say "I am liking" instead of "I like". I know it's grammatically correct but I still find it irritating, probably because I only noticed it after the MacDonalds slogan "I'm loving it".

FrankietheSquealer Thu 09-Jul-15 17:20:59

Can i get


PolterGoose Thu 09-Jul-15 17:23:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Everythinghaschanged Thu 09-Jul-15 17:23:52

It's everything to do with America!

ThoseAwfulCurtains Thu 09-Jul-15 17:24:17

I'm not keen on gotten but it irritates me less than i for

Smoorikins Thu 09-Jul-15 17:25:16

It is nothing to do with America. Tosh. I've been using the term since I was a child. How much American influence do you think I had close to 40 years ago?

GinUpGirl Thu 09-Jul-15 17:25:20

Language evolves! We consume so much American media it is hardly surprising that this one is slipping in. It will be in the dictionary soon enough.

Period of large technological advancement that shares media across the English speaking world = fused languages.

ThoseAwfulCurtains Thu 09-Jul-15 17:25:58

I dislike the "I'm good" response when someone is asked how they are. It's not even stealth boasting.

WhetherOrNot Thu 09-Jul-15 17:26:00

Team it up with "would of" and you will have "would of gotten"............double aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

bialystockandbloom Thu 09-Jul-15 17:26:36

Dislike it too. Ditto "can I get" (grr).

It is not a shortening of 'forgotten'! Different meanings.

"I've forgotten my bag" = I didn't remember my bag
"I've gotten tickets for the theatre" = I've bought tickets for the theatre

bialystockandbloom Thu 09-Jul-15 17:27:20

Oh yes, "I'm good" even worse!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now