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I am looking forward to that Tuchman volume Pablo. I went to my local bookstore and found and subsequently purchased a copy of Volume 15 Ninth Printing from - Emerson, Essays and Lectures in very good condition. Someone had written inside the book - It was a gift to someone who had just graduated.

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The giver expressed a desire to keep in touch and that the volume had reminded the giver of the receiver. Begin rant : Gave, four letters. Gifted, six letters. What is the point of "gifted"? There is no efficiency to be gained in writing it, no reason to use it. Makes no sense at all.

The receiver sold or gave the book away.

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Gifted is just somebody's dumb 80's idea for making his or her self sound smarter. End rant :. I do think it clearly means something distinct from "gave," since you can give something without it being a present, and to say "I gave it as a gift" or even "I gave it as a present" or "I made a present of it" sounds silly or tautological. I especially find it interesting that the disdain over using "gift" as a verb is a purely American fixation--and a relatively recent one.

The list of unacceptable words would be mighty long if we excluded every word overused by marketers. While I wouldn't use "to gift" or the more common "re-gift" in a research paper or in LOA advertising! Mostly it's a humorous rant with a slight seed of pique. I am aware that "to gift" goes back to the dawn of modernism that should be a clue right there about its Johnny-come-lately "verbal usage" , but, in my memory the whole "to gift" first entered my vocabulary in the late 's, I believe.

I am aware of its use as a verb, but absolutely refuse to use it as such. Before then I can not recall hearing gift used as a verb. Keep in mind, by the time the nineties rolled around, Edwin Newman had written two books on the rising lack of clarity created by such fripperies of modern English. I agree with Newman. BTW, I absolutely love Henry James, but if I see a page from one of his works with "to gift" I will rip it out for fear someone else should get the idea from a book of mine that "to gift" is an acceptable verb.

The English language is my sandbox.

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I play with the language like a child plays with Legos. I mix and match words and phrases and even make up and use my own words and phrases, in whatever manner that pleases me and like Legos there are certain ways to use the words, but no single correct way to do so.

That is the beauty of language. It is unfortunate that the way in which I use the language displeases you so. This is a kind of Fowler v Crystal argument. Prescriptive v Non Prescriptive. It doesn't really matter as the language will evolve regardless. A common problem in Philosophy is an argument over language. A lot of time is spent making an honest attempt to recreate an argument as faithfully as possible in order to attack it if you disagree with it or support it if you agree with it.

Now this occurs even between philosophers who are masters of their languages. I have to disagree that even with near perfect language clarity, every person experiences life differently and thus that difference in experience makes it very difficult even in the best of circumstances to ever really know what people mean for certain. Anyone who has read a Platonic dialogue starring Socrates should understand what I am talking about. My latest volume just came in the mail: Alexander Hamilton, Writings 3rd Printing.

I am reading Princess of Mars. What fun. Then I have Tarzan of the Apes next. Mine haven't shipped yet.

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Very much looking forward to that. Then, when that's done, maybe the other ERB novels : Hey, a fella can dream, right? Finally, something to go before my American Revolution chronology. A first print no less.

Each day is a gift! Irregardless, over time, language will devolve. I finished A Princess of Mars yesterday.


I liked it much more than I thought I would. I was also interested to learn that it is part of the Barsoom series and John Carter is in only 6 of the 11 books. That gives room for a lot more variety and makes the series more attractive to me. If LOA would publish them I would buy them. Just got word that my next volume will be Steinbeck I started in with the Mark Twain offer. I didn't get a history volume until this fall when they sent Civil War, the First Year and Abraham Lincoln right in a row.

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And just before that I bought the Barbara Tuchman volume on my own. I'm just about historied out. Regardless, though, I love the variety I get as a subscriber.

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Yesterday I received that latest Roth volume: Nemeses. I've read all of these except for Everyman. Though they are on the shorter side, I really like these books, especially Indignation and Nemesis. The scholarship is so incredible, that I feel like the LoA could get me to enjoy anything. When I first set up which volumes I did not want, I selected a lot of literature, plays, and poetry.

Since that time I have learned to appreciate all of the writing I was ignorant about, mostly thanks to reading about the volumes produced by the LoA. I eventually said, "Heck, I don't care what volume I get. I want them all. Despised them. Then I watched a film called The Crucible.

I was like, "Hey, this is pretty good. Who wrote this? Arthur Miller?