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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Just Wanna Know...

.....when the hell did 'given' or 'gave' become 'gifted'?

Gifted used to be an adjective, as in the child was gifted at playing the piano, or, in terms of plaguing his wife, Evan was surely gifted, but it appears that it's become a verb in its own right.

The verb is 'gift', the past tense of which is 'gave'.  A 'gift' is something that you give to someone, even if it's a large sum of money donated somewhere by a large corporation.

'Gifted' is an adjective used to describe something or someone in possession of extraordinary talents in one way or another.

Every time I see 'gifted' used as a verb in print, it drives me nuts.


Chris said...

Paula, If every time you see the English language butchered or is that, improperly used as butchered as I know it, really doesn't have anything to do with's just an inappropriate term used to describe the improper use of grammer and it drives you nuts, then you will surely find yourself in a nut house. How's that for a run on, badly punctuated sentence? :))
Don't stress over silly stuff like are too "gifted" Smile!

jill said...


I was afraid I was the only one that felt this way. It drives me nuts, too - even people my age are saying it (mid fifties). Guess I'm not "chi chi" enough to want to speak that way myself. Thank goodness. (And then there's its ugly cousin, "regifted.")

Toni aka irishlas said...

I have gifted this comment to you just to help drive you crazy! haha

Anonymous said...

The verb is 'gift', the past tense of which is 'gave'. I believe what you intended to write was "The verb is 'GIVE', the past . . etc"

But seriously, as annoying as this is, you must understand that the ultimate arbiter of "correct" English is, and always has been, usage.

Given enough time, this may very well become "proper" English. Don't sweat the small stuff.


Paula said...

You are correct- I meant to write 'give'

I understand that language is fluid and changes overtime with common usage. Actually, language can be a very interesting field of study as words fall out of usage and others come into usage. And I am perfectly fine with new words- I can accept 'googling', for instance, or 'google' as a verb. It's a new word for an internet search, and I'm fine with it because it is a new verb, as it were.

However, I'm not okay with words that already have accepted usage. I can't help it; grammar was practically beaten into me as a child.

Paula said...

And I meant 'over time', not overtime. Really- I need to be more careful with my proofreading.

Strange Angel said...

I can't really give an excuse to those who use it in speech, but I CAN tell you where it seems to stem from online. Facebook games.
I play FarmVille on Facebook, a little flash game where you work a plot of land (tend squares of vegetation to harvest, groom sheep for "coin", etc) and I see "gifted" as in "gave/giving" on there quite often. The thing is, you can "gift" someone a sheep or other item. You send it for free, they pick it up for free.
When it arrives, you see something along these lines: "I__d S___d sent a request using FarmVille: Thank you for your gift. Here is a Party Pig for your farm in FarmVille as a Thank you gift. Could you help me by sending a gift back?"
I noticed after I started playing these games that people used "gift/gifting/gifted" in the way you describe. Here's hoping it doesn't spread to verbiage any time soon!