Is it me, or have you also heard professionals using the term "gifting". (or, you know, pick your conjugation of choice.)
Hint: It's a NOUN, not a verb, people!
Now, I'm the first to argue that English is a living language and therefore a changing one. I'm not afraid to end a sentence with a preposition if that's the most concise way to say it. But "gift" as a verb drives. me. up. the. wall.
THIS is a gift:
If you do this well:
...or maybe, this...
That is a gift, too. Also, you might be considered "gifted", but "gifted" is still not a verb in that sense!
But the act of doing this:
is not (or, should not be, IMHO) "gifting"!
UGH. Sets my teeth on edge.
You can give a gift.
You can present someone with a gift.
You can offer a gift.
Somehow the new, verb form conveys to me images of whatever gift is being "gifted" being thrown at a person. Launched, like from a catapult. My pastor loves to pray, "Lord, you 'gift' us with a new day..." and it feels like a medicine ball to the gut. "You gift us...OOF!" ...Or maybe more like a piano landing on Roger Rabbit. Great. Thanks for smashing me by "gifting" me!
Also, it's one-sided. To give a gift means someone else receives or rejects the gift. "Gift"ing doesn't imply that option.
I'm sure I'm not alone, but what am I missing here? What other overused terminologies are offensive in your world? Also, if you believe "gifting" is an improvement on the old "giving", please, convince me!
*all photos came from Bing Images*