[Ads-l] get

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 4 15:18:52 UTC 2015

On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 8:28 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Meaning 'be told, as a compliment, criticism, or similar response.'
> TV commercial:  Blonde has heartburn. Rugged magic firefighter appears on a
> ladder and offers Tums. She's cured!  She says, "That's amazing!"
> He tips back his helmet and says with a meaningful look, "Yeah. I get that
> a lot."
> "Get that a lot" is probably the most common collocation. I'll guess I've
> known it for twenty-five years, but it may well be longer than that.

Also "get that all the time," which I'm finding on Google Books back
to the early '70s.


Ben Zimmer

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