The new year is looking up. The stock market’s pointing in the right direction. Home values are pointing in the right direction. And I have a good feeling that this could be the year my cats outgrow the urge to shred up bits of toilet paper and leave them near the space heater.
So now that there may be some good news in the air, I’m ready to lay some bad news on you. Here it is: You know how you walk around saying “have got” all the time without a care in the world? As in, “He has got a lot of money” or “She has got to do something about those cats.” Well, a few people out there have been taking notice — and not in a good way. In fact, for many, “has got” is a major irritant.
“My new peeve is ‘has/have got,’” writes a user at the Edmunds.com message forums, pointing to examples like “I have got a lot of spare time.” “Why is the word ‘got’ even used there?”