Gift has always been a noun, to give without a price.
But gift is now a verb as well; I wince, it’s just not nice
to take that giving word, a thing, and spin it into verbs,
Like gifting, gifted, and re-gift, no end to heartless blurbs.
The dictionary tells me, sure, the verb’s use is really old,
400 years ago, they said, a verb brought in from the cold.
(This from the folks who brought us dord, a ghost word given ink
for 13 years before the goof, once found, was left to sink
to ignominity, because it was misread upon a query
“Should density be D or d, abbreviations vary?”)
And now, defrosted as gift is, and running through my life
It brings not joy, or easy use, it drags in only strife.
I know that nouns are verbed a lot, and verbs are made to nouns
But gifting pains me more than most, I hope it slowly drowns.
—Quinn McDonald is a writer who teaches writing. She is also a creativity coach who helps people discover their creativity, pry it loose, and set it free in their work.