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Marina Michaels

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Bryan Garner ("Garner's Modern American Usage"; he's like a modern-day Fowler) ranks the use of "impact" as a verb as "Stage 3: The form becomes commonplace among even the well-educated people but is still avoided in careful usage."

Here's a noun-into-a-verb word that makes me shudder every time I hear it: gifted, gifting, etc. As in, "I gifted him the birthday present" or "I am gifting you this one-day trip to the spa." Does this bother anyone else as much as it bothers me? (Not the trip to the spa; the usage of "gift" as a verb.) Have "give," "gave," and "giving" somehow fallen into disfavor?

I'm not objecting to the use of "gifted" in the sense of someone who has a special talent ("she was a gifted pianist").

Garner ranks this as a stage 2 (which is worse than stage 3): "The form spreads to a significant fraction of the language community but remains unacceptable in standard usage."

Marina Michaels May 18, 2012, 3:44pm

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