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Can I get an answer?

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MiniMonty Wed 23-Oct-13 01:17:12

Oh world of pain - who else is plagued by "can I get" ?
Or "I get to do this or that" from their kids?
"I might get an opportunity" when what they mean is " I may have an opportunity"?

How has the word "get" morphed within the language so quickly?

What happened to I have an opportunity?
What has happened to I can do this or I could do that?

Anyone else angry about "get" ?
Because I'm getting pretty pissed off...

FalseWidow Wed 23-Oct-13 20:41:19

I cannot hear 'Can I get' without imposing a whiny American accent on it. Hate it.

However, I see no problem with 'I get to do this.' or 'I am going to get the opportunity to... '. You can't abbreviate 'I will have the opportunity to do this' as succinctly, since 'I have to do this' changes the meaning.

TwoStepsBeyond Wed 23-Oct-13 20:43:28

I do hate it in a coffee shop when someone says "can I get..." instead of "please may/can I have..." or "I'd like...". It just sounds so rude.

LiberalPedant Thu 24-Oct-13 00:18:37

It just sounds so rude.

Would "please, may I get . . " be acceptable?

FalseWidow Thu 24-Oct-13 21:45:13

Imo it would at least be more polite, but still sound moronic.

AlexaChelsea Thu 24-Oct-13 21:48:25

Can I get.. Doesn't bother me too much, but I am American and it isn't considered rude there. You're still asking for something, so I don't really see the issue.

I don't like 'give me a..' That's fucking rude.

Caitycat Thu 24-Oct-13 21:49:47

Like False I don't like the first eg but the others don't bother me (although they would upset my mum!)

FalseWidow Thu 24-Oct-13 21:51:57


LiberalPedant Fri 25-Oct-13 01:57:52

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "get" as "come to have; receive."
It defines "have" as: "possess, own, or hold."

So, may I get (receive) a coffee, please?
Or may I have (possess) a coffee, please?

Actually, "get" may be the semantically superior choice. smile

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