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    #1

    fired by him/canned by him

    Here are two headlines expressing the same idea:

    1) Who is Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney fired by Trump?
    2) Who is Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney canned by Trump?

    One uses "fired" and the other "canned" (can here means to dismiss from one's job. Are they rhetorically different? "Fired" sounds a bit more formal than "canned". I am not sure.


    (Source: 1) is from CBS News)
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/geoffre...-william-barr/

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    #2

    Re: fired by him/canned by him

    When it means "terminated from a job", canned is slang. It's not appropriate for a headline.

    You forgot to tell us where headline #2 came from.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: fired by him/canned by him

    Fired (like sacked) is not really formal. Dismissed is formal.
    Canned is AmE.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: fired by him/canned by him

    An American would read that (canned) and probably not think twice about it.
    Not a professional teacher

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