(Closed) Verbing weirds language*

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What are your feelings on using "gift" as a verb?
    Love it! : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Hate it! : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Never noticed until now. : (13 votes)
    32 %
    You have too much time on your hands. : (15 votes)
    37 %
  • Post # 3
    2858 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    Calvin and Hobbes!

    Post # 5
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I don’t “love” it, but I voted for that because gift totally makes sense as a verb and it’s been used that way for many years (I think).  English is always changing and evolving and I like it.  It’s definitely better that some other new word uses.  I tried to think of a couple examples, but it’s too early…  (btw I teach high school English and was an English major)

    Post # 6
    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m used to the word “gifting”.

    I work in finance and most of our clients “gift” stocks at the end of the year to charitable organizations.

    But as far as “gifting” items or presents… that’s weird.

    Post # 7
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I agree that language evolves, so I’m not bothered by this.

    Post # 9
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I hate using “gift” as a verb, but I live off of using “google” as one. I’m a noun-to-verb hypocrite.

    Post # 11
    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I guess I never really noticed gifting as a verb.  But now that I’m aware of it I rather like it.  I would probably only use it for emphasis though.

    Post # 13
    2025 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Hmm… after reading that Merriam-Webster description it got me thinking about the work “present” as well. 

    I mean, “gift” and “present” are pretty much synonomous with eachother, and we commonly say “I present this [insert inadament object here] to [person]”, so it would seem to me the two would be interchangeable, ie: “[So-and-so] gifted me [such-and-such]”.

    Very interesting. Isn’t language fun? Certainly makes you understand when they say that the English language is one of the hardest languages to learn.  

    Post # 14
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @mightywombat: To be fair, there’s really no replacement for ‘y’all’ either! That’s probably the stupidest thing about English :P. I use it too, by the way :).

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