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I’ve long gotten a thrill from the rawness and messiness of our local politics.

This confuses me.

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    Long used as an adverb like this (following the first auxiliary, have, contracted to I've) is a time adverb, meaning for a long time. Of course you can't stick a prepositional phrase in that position, so one uses just the relevant word. The gotten part is one of the two American past participles of get. So it means For a long time I have got a thrill from the rawness and messiness of our local politics. BTW, raw and messy are metaphors, not literal descriptions. – John Lawler Aug 12 at 19:46
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    @JohnLawler I have a feeling that cleaning off the occasional egg might make politics raw and messy. Perhaps throwing it is what's thrilling. – Andrew Leach Aug 12 at 21:17

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