“We have got” vs. “We have”

“We have got” is a ubiquitous superfluity and redundancy, and I would say the use of “got” as a past participle of “to have”, not the past tense of “to get”, is one of the most superfluous usages of a word in spoken English language, where a simple “have” will do. The true meaning of “got” is “fetched”, or, “received”.

Why should this annoy me? I’m funny that way. I have a proofreader’s mind.

However, it comes from models of usage on television who should know better since they will be emulated. “Got” seems to be a special word that is especially emphasized in those sentences that stress “possession”, “ownership”, grasping, seizing. “You have got to have this!” The “got-hold” of one’s wealth. To me, it’s a hint of the crass.

A very close second superfluous usage is: “at”. —”Where is he at?”

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    [JFD: “You’ve got” you say???????!!!!! Well! I’ve been had!—er—I’ve been got?]

    • “You’ve got” you say???????!!!!! Well! I’ve been had!—er—I’ve been got?

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