but gift should not be used as a verb. I hate it like God hates Cleveland. 100% word aversion. No one gives anything anymore. Everyone gifts. "I was gifted this knife." "We are gifting a homeless person a magazine with apartment listings this season." "That driver just gifted me the finger!" I'm sick of it. The only verb I approve of in this genre is give. Gift is a noun. Gifting could be a gerund and if you use it correctly, I guess I can tolerate it. But that's as far as I go, and that's a razor's edge, so it's best to stay away from it. It drives me uncontrollably mad, like wrath, ire, fury, rage, fist-clenching-vexation-type mad. That's all. Oh yeah, Merry Christmas.