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For some reason the phrase "Got Notifications" seems rough. "Received Notifications" sounds a bit more natural.

Is there something wrong with the phrase "Got Notifications"? Is there a principle behind this that can explain why I get a funny feeling about it?

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Get is informal for receive, while notifications is formal for news. They should be both informal or both formal; mashups don't work so well. –  John Lawler May 13 '13 at 16:53
    
That explains it :) –  Chris B May 13 '13 at 16:57
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John I'd upvote that if it was an answer. –  Gigazelle May 13 '13 at 19:22
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John, I'd accept it if it was an answer :) –  Chris B May 13 '13 at 19:45
    
@JohnLawler I wouldn't have read "notifications" as meaning "news": I would have understood it as notification(s) (notice) that something has happened, e.g. that we can go ahead with the project, that the money has been received, that the e-mail(s) have been read, ... . Hence, I would go with "received notifications". (I also wouldn't have capitalised "notifications" - I know you didn't: the questioner did.) –  TrevorD May 14 '13 at 12:44
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'Get' is informal for 'receive', while 'notifications' is formal for 'news'.

It is incongruous to use words of different formality. It would sound better if they were both informal or both formal; mashups don't work so well.

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