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To think that gift is a noun...

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madcatwoman61 Mon 16-Jan-17 14:33:51

and not a verb - any other pedants out there who get unreasonably annoyed by things like this? Also farewelled.

treaclesoda Mon 16-Jan-17 14:37:06

Also 'action'. I hate it when you get a letter from the bank or something and they say 'my colleague will action that' or some such crap.

dovesong Mon 16-Jan-17 14:45:37

I've never heard "farewelled" but it doesn't really bother me. Language changes over time and there's no right answer.

hesterton Mon 16-Jan-17 14:49:38

Agree with dovesong. Language is fluid.

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 16-Jan-17 14:54:55

I do find it a bit wanky when someone says 'I was gifted this book/perfume etc.'. Just say you got it as a present!

Another one that bothers me is this new trend for this present continuous tense eg 'I'm loving xyz'.

I blame McDonalds.

Floggingmolly Mon 16-Jan-17 14:57:33

God, yes. On the "action" one; I had a boss once who would demand to know if you'd actioned all your actions when he saw you leaving the building. Simpleton.

Andrewofgg Mon 16-Jan-17 15:05:17

madcatwoman61 You are right. Loan is not a verb either. But we are all (if you will excuse a male metaphor smile) pissing into the wind.

Andrewofgg Mon 16-Jan-17 15:07:00

MitzyLeFrouf I blame Brexit.

Andylion Mon 16-Jan-17 15:32:07

Andrewofgg Loan is not a verb either.

Agh! I hear that all the time as I work in a library. I suppose it's better than those patrons who ask if they can "rent" a book.

CaoNiMa Mon 16-Jan-17 16:42:53

"Feedback" is a word I see far too often. EVERYTHING requires feedback these days. I'd not be surprised to receive an email after taking a shit asking for feedback on the toilet...

AuntieStella Mon 16-Jan-17 16:56:19

OED lists 'gift' as a verb going back to the 17th century, 'action' since the mid 18th century

Gadzooks - 'tis hard to keep apace with such neologisms!

LaurieMarlow Mon 16-Jan-17 17:00:40

Language changes and develops. That's the nature of it.

WilburIsSomePig Mon 16-Jan-17 17:05:26

I know what you mean but so mean words seem to be used in different ways now than when I was at school. No one would ever have said that something had been 'gifted' to them. Sounded wanky then and it does now! grin

Somerville Mon 16-Jan-17 17:09:45

Inbox me hun.

<grits teeth>

WanderingNotLost Mon 16-Jan-17 17:12:56

"Invite" is a verb. I did not send an invite, I sent a fucking invitation.

and breeeeeeeeathe...

SittingDrinkingTea Mon 16-Jan-17 17:17:00

She did awesome!

He did fantastic!

Gnnnerr-gnashhh (sound of my teeth grinding).

sonyaya Mon 16-Jan-17 17:18:18

YANBU! It really annoyed me. Just say "give" instead of gift and "gave" instead of gifted. I find it a crude Americanism.

Stilltryingtobeme Mon 16-Jan-17 17:18:58

Another one for language development here. I was a bit of a grammar Nazi until I did languages at uni as a mature student. Changed my mind!

NannyOggsKnickers Mon 16-Jan-17 17:20:12

Alas, it was ever thus. Most of the language in use today developed from something else. If you're interested watch Anne Curzon's TED talk about what makes a word real.

ivykaty44 Mon 16-Jan-17 17:20:29

I learned him that

Rather than

I taught him that

Or I borrowed him some money, instead of lent him money

TaggieRR Mon 16-Jan-17 17:21:21

How about regifted?!

lifetothefull Mon 16-Jan-17 17:21:49

Journey is also a noun. I don't like it as a verb.

Oneiroi Mon 16-Jan-17 17:21:54

YANBU. It is very irritating.

VeryBitchyRestingFace Mon 16-Jan-17 17:24:14

Diary is one I keep hearing bring used as a verb.

I'll diary that.

50 shades of wrong. sad

corythatwas Mon 16-Jan-17 17:28:06

snort at AuntieStella

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