Saturday, May 19, 2007

"Gifted?" Stop it.

I see this new coinage everywhere. He "gifted" her with diamond studs after the birth of their baby. They "gifted" me a set of tupperware at the grocery store.

Monstrosity. Just say gave.


Anonymous MaryP said...

Isn't it ugly?

Here's one that bugs me, though it's of older coinage: "He felt obligated to take his mother out to dinner."

"Obligated"? The word is "obliged". Why the extra syllable?

Oblige, obliged. Obligation.

Obligated. Pfft!


6:52 PM  
Blogger Mama Monster said...

But then you can't say "regifted". I believe in recycling.

7:24 PM  
Blogger tammy said...

Agreed. Disgusting. If you're going to F with the English language, at least make it shorter.

7:06 PM  

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