You Got to Be Kidding Me!

There is no such thing as "gifting"!

Posted in Miscellaneous by Stacy McMahon on December 1, 2006

Rant: Gifting is the worst advertising-caused word coinage I can think of. It doesn’t even make sense! If I give you something, it’s called “giving”, and the something is then referred to as a gift. You can’t then go back around and say you’re “gifting” it to the person. This is the worst example of bad english ever. I previously hated the substitution of “home” for “house” (RIP “what makes a house a home?”–now it automatically is) but gifting is way, way worse. And it’s showing up more and more. Maybe the frogs were onto something with their anti-language butchering laws…


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  1. ClintJCL said, on December 2, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    The frogs cannot even say “web page” in their own language, because of very anti-language-changing attitudes you describe. They have to say all their tech words in English because their language is not allowed to evolve at a natural pace. (Technology and the information revolution are greatly increasing what this natural pace is, language has to move faster now than ever.)

    Admittedly this is a good thing, for separate reasons, because “English is the language of technology”. But if I was French, I would not be happy with my language’s inability to adapt.

    Languages are meant to evolve, and english today is nothing like it was in the 1600s, and the way people speak is quite different than even the 1800s.

    There were people who said “ain’t” ain’t a word, but it eventually got into the dictionary. Words start as slang, become more common-place, and finally get entered into the dictionary. But they are de facto elements of the prevailing language, often a long time before they are ever put into a dictionary.

    (Hell, ‘unix’ isn’t even in Merriam-Webster as a generic term for a unix operating system, which cost me a Boggle game once!)

    I think I simply find this particular pet peeve petty. Not that I am without my own slew of petty pet peeves. Don’t get me started on open parentehsis…

    But… People are mostly just trying to be cute and different. Small talk is mundane and our society is quite conformist, despite our supposed individuality. People need a break from their mundane routine.

    It’s just a meme.

    Let them have their fun. πŸ™‚

    A similar blog about the ‘verb’ “Partying” could have been posted several years ago…

  2. Stacy McMahon said, on December 2, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    Yeah, I’m not seriously suggesting language laws. I think what irks me about “gifting” and the house/home thing is that they came about because of people being inundated with marketing. “Partying” evolved naturally πŸ˜‰

  3. David said, on December 3, 2006 at 10:52 am

    I’m not terribly fond of the word “consumer.” What was wrong with “customer?”

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