Smart People Never Use These Words

‘He gifted me this necklace’

Stick with ‘He gave me this necklace.’ It means the same thing, without needlessly converting a noun into a verb. Another frequent offender in this vein is ‘impact.’ Instead of ‘The storm impacted my commute,’ it’s better (and smarter) to say ‘The storm affected my commute’ or even ‘The storm had a big impact on my commute.’

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