"Gifted" is not a verb!

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Psst. Not to burst your bubble… but it actually can be used as a verb:

“gift
gift/
verb
past tense: gifted; past participle: gifted
1.
give (something) as a gift, esp. formally or as a donation or bequest.
“the company gifted 2,999 shares to a charity””

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @Taimane:  Yes, such is the fate of the English Language as WE KNOW it … a constantly evolving mass.

Gifted may be an adjective today… but if such usage continues, it will indeed be a verb tomorrow

The word “Invite” is another one… once a Verb, it is now just as much a Noun (replacing Invitation)

“I would like to invite you to the Wedding”

“I will send you an Invite”

(I feel your pain… at 50+ I cannot tell you how many such transitions I’ve seen in my lifetime… they will bother you more, the older you become.  You have to decide which one’s you’ll embrace I’m afraid, as even some of them will slip into your own vocabulary, such as the one above, has in mine)

It is what it is.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Hyperventilate:  makes a good argument…

I believe such usage actually started by the Media… utilized as a short-cut for eye-catching Newspaper Headlines.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Hyperventilate:  +1

According to Webster’s, it can be a verb.

 

gift

  [gift]  Show IPA

noun

1.

something given voluntarily without payment in return, as toshow favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make agesture of assistance; present.
2.

the act of giving.
3.

something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort bythe recipient or without its being earned: Those extra points he gotin the game were a total gift.
4.

a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent: the giftof saying the right thing at the right time.
verb (used with object)

5.

to present with as a gift; bestow gifts upon; endow with.
6.

to present (someone) with a gift: just the thing to gift thenewlyweds.


Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@This Time Round:  It’s actually in the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb as far back as the 1600’s.

(My mom is a college English professor – I learned sooooo much from her!)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Yeah, I’m a bit of a grammar jerk sometimes (I really try to just let it go these days, but poor spelling and grammar just get under my skin)… But I agree with the PPs who say you are wrong. Gifted IS a past-tense verb. It is a more specific word than given. “Given” could simply mean someone handed you something. They may not have owned it in the first place, and they may not intend for you to keep it. “Gifted” implies those things.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @Horseradish:  I didn’t know that (and I didn’t look it up)

I still say tho that it has come into more common usage in the last 20 years or so… since Philanthropic Acts have gained a lot more coverage than they once did

Perhaps because of the SIZE of such gifts… and the notoriety of the Billionaires who made them:

Ala… Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway) – Bill Gates (Microsoft) – Steve Jobs (Apple) – Larry Ellison (Oracle)

 

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