Thursday, December 30, 2004


Pet Peeve

My pet peeve for this month is the word "re-gifting," which means taking a gift one has received, wrapping it again, and giving it to someone else. I heard it on the telly last night and dismissed it as a local aberration. But today I see that this ugly word actually appears in the pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post, without apology. It affects my ear like a sharp fingernail drawn slowly and agonizingly across a chalkboard. "Gift" as a verb is bad enough; "re-gift" is ten times worse.

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