“May I have….” / “Can I get….”

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  • “May I have….” / “Can I get….”
  • lucien
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    Grrrrrrrrrr

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    Here, can you get….. a life….

    Who cares

    wombat
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    Anyone who says “Can I get…” in any establishment which isn’t self service should be slapped.

    I was in a non-chain coffee shop recently and the youth in front of me in the queue said to the barista.
    “Can I get a hot chocolate and a cookie please?”
    The barista replied
    “No, I have to pass them to you”.

    I grinned heartily and tipped him well.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    May I can have some more please.

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Customer to waiter: Can I get a coke.

    Waiter: No, that’s my job, I’ll bring one for you.

    Edit: garg, too slow…

    johnx2
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    can I get a witness?

    Premier Icon DezB
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    It’s a losing battle against ‘can I get’. I CRINGE everytime I hear it, but it’s part of the language now. Lazy, Americanised, moronic, but inevitable.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    I grinned heartily and tipped him well.

    Barrista ? Really ? or just the person who throws a cup of coffee together…

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    We all knows what happens to those that do not evolve.
    Language has changed, even in the time since I was at school, like no way man it’s changed.

    johndoh
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    Or as used to be said lots when I was a kid in school…

    ‘Can I lend your rubber’?

    -or-

    ‘Borrow us your rubber’

    DrJ
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    Or as used to be said lots when I was a kid in school…

    ‘Can I lend your rubber’?

    “Haven’t got it on me, Dick” was the stock response.

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    Yeah, we’ve lost that one I think.

    Thankfully, and perhaps this is because I ‘don’t get out much’ these days, but we’ve passed peak ‘get’.

    I remember an old Girlfriend saying it 12 years ago and dying a little inside.

    munrobiker
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    What’s wrong with “please may I have”? I thought that was correct, and I’m someone who’d be happy to murder a friend who says “can I get”.

    Nico
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    It’s a losing battle against ‘can I get’. I CRINGE everytime I hear it, but it’s part of the language now. Lazy, Americanised, moronic, but inevitable.

    Good for you on calling people out on it. Throw some shade on those bad boys. I’m hep to the jive daddy-o.

    “Can I get?”
    Wrong wrong wrong!

    APF 🙁

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Or as used to be said lots when I was a kid in school…

    ‘Can I lend your rubber’?

    -or-

    ‘Borrow us your rubber’

    Very common in Wales (or at least, the bits I used to frequent). IIRC “lend” and “borrow” are the same word in Welsh, hence the confusion in English.

    Premier Icon orangespyderman
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    Very common in Wales (or at least, the bits I used to frequent). IIRC “lend” and “borrow” are the same word in Welsh, hence the confusion in English.

    That’s one possible explanation, I guess. 😀

    steve_b77
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    Can I get

    I can’t stand it either, is it an Americanism?

    antigee
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    “excuse me awfully, please may I have…” Enid Blyton circa 1950

    “hi, can i get…” a lot of people circa 2019

    and the problem is? and please don’t ask “your” barista to tweet me the answer

    Flaperon
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    “Regular” instead of “medium” does generate the urge to murder someone.

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    Oddly “can i get” doesn’t really bother me. (But maybe that’s because I’m not entirely sure it’s “wrong” see 2a and 3a from Miriam Webster https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/get and what with “may i have” being no more correct either when what you clearly mean is “please bring me”. You’re not asking permission, nor is it a quiz (you may but i don’t know, do you?) you’re requesting an action.

    Can i get [brought to me] – yes, here you go.
    May i have [please] – you have permission, yes.

    Any who.

    Me and… On the other hand

    globalti
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    “Me and…” is annoying but “like” irritates me more. I am, like, woah!

    Premier Icon Drac
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    So this is like literally the millionth time this has been posted on here.

    No one actually gives a shit.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    It does grate a little, and may be grammatically incorrect, but it’s perfectly clear what it means.

    Anyway, I must go: my uncle Jack’s off his horse.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Can I get grates a bit, but ‘myself’ and ‘yourself’, etc. grip my turds.

    “Tracy and myself were in Starbucks the other day, and like she said to the Barrista, like ‘can I get a skimmed milk cappafrappachoochoo’ and then turned to me and said ‘and for yourself?’ ”

    GGGGAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHHH!!!

    Premier Icon dmorts
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    Barista

    Italian innit.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Anyway, I must go: my uncle Jack’s off his horse.

    Epic fail.

    phil5556
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    I really couldn’t care less.

    And on a similar subject

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Would that it were so simple….
    We could all agree how to say things.

    Nico
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    and the problem is?

    Said Friends-ism is a lot less piss-boiling than “… and the problem is … ?” or ” … and I should care because?” etc. Or that thing where people put “just” in the middle of a phrase and then repeat it – no, just no. And people saying language “evolves” yet all these irritating little fads fade away in a few years and the people that perpetrate them move on to the next. “Go for it”. Anybody remember that one? Obviously an evolutionary dead-end. I could care less.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    That video is superb Phil.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Swap out.
    Colo(u)rway.

    Go and rub your face repeatedly up and down a dry stone wall.

    Premier Icon stevied
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    Kid in the queue at Woolies several years ago:
    “Is we going to the cinema after this mum?”
    Mum:
    “It’s not ‘is we’, it’s ‘am we’…”

    ads678
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    Swap out or change out does my head in, just say swap or change!!

    “Regular” instead of “medium” does generate the urge to murder someone.

    This annoys me as well, I went somewhere once and asked for a small something or other*, the person behind the counter actually said “oh, we only do regular or large”….I said, “I’ll have the smaller of the two then please”…..

    *could have been a coffee or maybe a bacon butty!

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    “Me and…” is annoying but “like” irritates me more. I am, like, woah!

    As opposed to what? …and me? Is that really that annoying!?

    Please don’t say you’re one of those people who thinks it should always be “…and I”, because that sounds more intelligent!?

    chewkw
    Member

    Give me!

    😀

    sarawak
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    Very common in Wales (or at least, the bits I used to frequent). IIRC “lend” and “borrow” are the same word in Welsh, hence the confusion in English.

    And in Liverpool. Although in many parts of the city lend and borrow are the same as “have”.

    cultsdave
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    Mrs Jones was learning me English at school……

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