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. May 13, 2013 at 16:53
  • That explains it :)
    – Chris Bier
    May 13, 2013 at 16:57
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    John I'd upvote that if it was an answer.
    – Gigazelle
    May 13, 2013 at 19:22
  • @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, 2013 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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