Post # 1
Minor rant. I don’t understand why some people use the word gifted as a verb. Gifted is an adjective, as in “She is a gifted teacher.” If you were presented with a gift, someone GAVE it to you, or it was GiVEN to you. It wasn’t “GIFTED” to you.
Post # 3
Psst. Not to burst your bubble… but it actually can be used as a verb:
past tense: gifted; past participle: gifted
give (something) as a gift, esp. formally or as a donation or bequest.
“the company gifted 2,999 shares to a charity””
Post # 4
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
@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
According to Webster’s, it can be a verb.
something given voluntarily without payment in return, as toshow favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make agesture of assistance; present.
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.
a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent: the giftof saying the right thing at the right time.
verb (used with object)
to present with as a gift; bestow gifts upon; endow with.
to present (someone) with a gift: just the thing to gift thenewlyweds.
Post # 7
@Hyperventilate: lol some of your comments make me giggle
Post # 8
@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
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
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)