Gifting Back


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Language changes. I’m cool with that. I even enjoy it. But, like most people, I have my little quirks. Some usages just annoy me for no particular reason. One of those is using gift as a verb. We have a perfectly good verb for this: to give. Why do we need to gift? But just to show that I am a reasonable person, willing to get into the spirit of things, I’ve decided to take up this new usage with enthusiasm. Here are some of the ways I’ve found to use this handy verb:

Hey, dude, gift me the ketchup, will ya?

He was so fed up he gifted me a whack upside the head.

Oh, jeez. Gift me a break.

So now no one can call me a usage purist. If they do, I will gift them a piece of my mind.

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