word bugaboos

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Mon Feb 2 11:37:35 EST 2004

> Back in 1926 Chambers was defining "gift" thus (among other things):
> to endow with any power or faculty", and by 1988 they'd added "to present"
> after that.  According to the 1972 S.O.D. this usage has been around since
> 1619, though more in Scotland than in England.
I wonder if this is part of a more general trend to Scottish usage? I'm
thinking also of the recent popularity, again in hifalutin and/or pompous
contexts, of the participle 'proven' (as in the Scottish verdict of 'Not
Proven') in preference to 'proved'.


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