When I teach, I have very much a love-hate relationship with the word ‘get’.
On the one hand, it is a very versatile word. For students who do not have an extensive active vocabulary, it often saves them from having to search for an elusive word or feel unsure about using the right one.
It is also short and understood by many, so is often preferable in advertising campaigns (Get Going, Get Started) in terms of a short sharp message or physical space constraints for layout.
On the other hand it is a lazy word, sounds very harsh and undiplomatic because of the hard consonants g and t, and can be repetitive if you use it all the time. So, particularly in writing, in the safe environment of the classroom, I always encourage people to use something else.
- get an email/text/message can be receive an email/text/message
- get the train can be catch the train
- get the dry-cleaning can be collect the dry-cleaning
- get old can be grow old
- get permission can be obtain permission
For the one below I would have used ‘Download’ unless space was an issue.