Thanks Mike. I still don't like it!We do. In addition to the noun gift, the transitive verb gift has been around for sometime, contrary to some people's impression. Choosing gift over give makes the distinction that the item is a gift rather than something merely being transferred from one to another.
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, at least as long ago as the 1600's.
Not to argue(much) but how can one "give" something that is not a gift? Well, I guess one can "give someone the flu"; but it is still a gift, just not appreciated.
Like so many anachronistic usages, seems "gift" has had a re-resurgence, in just the last few years.
Ah, now I see, Oxford- isn't that in England? Explans English English, but not southern English.