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    lost my job = got canned?

    Dear teachers,

    There are two sentences below:

    I lost my job four months ago and I’m looking for work.
    I got canned four months ago and I’m on the job market.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the sentences in question are 100% interchangeable, especially the expressions in bold?

    What about the following verbs: discharge, dismiss, discard, give(s.o) the sack/bag/sack, fire, kick out, lay off, terminate, toss(out)? There are plenty of them.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Smile Re: lost my job = got canned?

    get canned [slang] = to lose one's job; to get fired.

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    Re: lost my job = got canned?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    There are two sentences below:

    I lost my job four months ago and Iím looking for work.
    I got canned four months ago and Iím on the job market.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the sentences in question are 100% interchangeable, especially the expressions in bold?

    What about the following verbs: discharge, dismiss, discard, give(s.o) the sack/bag/sack, fire, kick out, lay off, terminate, toss(out)? There are plenty of them.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Slang: canned, sacked, bagged
    Fired usually implies you lost your job for a reason, as does dismiss, discharge (at least to me).

    Let go - there could have been a lack of work, rather than it being your fault. The same with laid off.

    If I were talking to my girlfriend's parents, I'd say I lost my job. They are not interchangeable in that context will dictate formality, such as choosing to use slang or not.

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