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There is absolutely no reason ever to use "gift" as a verb!


That is all.

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roadnotes
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Thank you!
krasota
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
I gift you with great patience.
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
.
eve_l_incarnata
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
That's right up there with "message" as a verb.
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
"message" doesn't bother me as much because there isn't already a verb that has the same root and everything.
(no subject) - aranel - Jan. 11th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - firecat - Jan. 11th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC) - Expand
laurenhat
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Do you dislike the creation of new verbs in general? Or does that one in particular irritate you (and if so, why)?
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
This one bugs me more, because there's already a perfectly good verb "give" that shares a root with "gift". That makes the verbing of "gift" especially pretentious, IMO.
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firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
At least interface is better than liaise
(no subject) - rmjwell - Jan. 11th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
jinian
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
contrary
Oxford Etymology figures it was a verb in Old English.
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Re: contrary
Then it ought to stay there, although if we bring all the rest of Old English back with it, I suppose that would be OK.
Re: contrary - jinian - Jan. 12th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) - Expand
redbird
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
My eyes hurt.
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Sorry. :/
cjsmith
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Nor "breath". There's a perfectly good verb form. Nor "birth", if you want to be pedantic (which I often do). :-)
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
"Breath" is used as a verb? I've never seen that, thank goodness.
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epi_lj
Jan. 11th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
What about re-gift?
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
That doesn't bug me, but it's an entirely different verb.
karenkay
Jan. 11th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Not even in "re-gift"?
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
See answer to epi_lj
tsamm
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Of all the usage offenses occurring daily on LJ and in the world at large, this is the one that sets you off? Hee! (and oh dear, I think I hit the jackpot!)
firecat
Jan. 11th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Hee! FWIW, your entry was not what set off the rant.

And yes, I prefer to reserve my public displays of wrath for entirely minor and unimportant things.
kshandra
Jan. 11th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
It's weird. I don't mind seeing it in a Burning Man context (where the Org has been trying, with varying levels of success, to change the view of the event over the last several years from a barter economy to a gift economy); within that specific context I see it as a reinforcement of that idea (I'm gifting you this necklace/glowstick/cup of chai/whatever and hope you enjoy it vs. I'll give you this if you've got something cool for me in exchange). Back in Reality Camp, however, it bugs me damn near as much as it does you.
porcinea
Jan. 11th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
*nod* As you say, only acceptable in the form of "regift", an entirely different word.
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supergee
Jan. 11th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
I was hoping someone would say that. Worse, I've been told that in the computer biz, they're starting to make architect a verb.
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susanstinson
Jan. 11th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm with you.
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