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November 7, 2014
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I too find 'gifted' when used to mean 'given' intensely irritating.I suspect the rise of the usage derives from word processors which by default pounce on the passive, and flag 'given' as unacceptable. 'She was a gifted child' is OK in my mind, and I can tolerate 'the Guggenheim has been gifted the works of the artist by his estate' as there is to me something institutional about 'gifting.'But I start jumping up and down when I hear or see something of the order of 'my mother has gifted us a box of biscuits this Christmas.' It seems pompous, clunky, and to not improve upon 'mum gave us biscuits.'
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