In my Snot-Nose Days, when someone was gifted, it meant that that person was exceptionally talented or intelligent. Now it means that someone gave you something.
Gift appears, now, to have become a verb... at least during Gifting Season.
As Dee points out, the English language is constantly evolving. We shouldn’t necessarily get our panties in a twist when usages change. As a Grammar Twerp, I recognize this truth and simultaneously accept it and loathe it... at least a little bit.
So please let me gift you, Esteemed Reader, an observation: There are still a few shibboleths out there.
As Jimmy Fallon points out, people who call Atlanta “Hot Lanta” are telling everyone that they are not from Atlanta.
Likewise - and I’m willing to be corrected on this one - nobody from San Francisco refers to their city as “San Fran” or “’Frisco.”
The only people who use the word “golf” as a verb (I‘m gonna go golfing this afternoon with Charlie, e.g.) are people who do not play golf.
And the only people who use the term “Sci-Fi” to refer to science fiction are people who do not actually read science fiction. (People who do read science fiction call the genre SF.)
Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves... and your thoughts on the matter, whether you agree or not, are welcome in the comments.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
HAVE YOU BEEN GIFTED?
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Aggravations, nothing in sight but aggravations.
This could be a whole month of articles about the difference between native Texans, and transplants (not to be confused with the recent flux of "trans").
Hope you and yours are well!
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