This is for my friend Colin, who is indeed a teacher and does indeed abhor the word 'got'.
Personally, I have no problem with it. However, since being admonished for excessive verbal use of 'got', I find myself creeping back through passages to change:
- got back to arrived back
- got it from to bought it from
- hadn't got it to hadn't understood it
Inexplicably, I've also started replacing the word 'if' with 'whether' in any sentences asking '
if whether you got understood it?'
If, like me, you're now turning slightly neurotic over the use of the word 'got', check out Grammar Girl's post: Is "Got" Proper English?
It'll make you feel better. Promise.