mercredi 29 décembre 2010

To degift [English]

Le présent billet a été rédigé par Jonathan Goldberg, que je remercie. Une traduction en français suivra sous peu.

The verb « to degift » is cautiously creeping  into the English language. The Urban Dictionary (UrbanDictionary.com), which often contains invented words or tongue-in-cheek definitions, defines “to degift” as “to take back a present (particularly if the recipient is unappreciative)”.

But that word may become more prevalent now that Amazon has taken out a patent on software that allows a customer to receive early notification that they are about to receive a gift, giving the customer time  to exchange the gift, before it is sent,  for another item or for a credit, without the donor being informed.

It is too early to know whether “to degift” will mean an action taken by the donor (as per the Urban Dictionary definition) or by the donee, for example the person for whom an Amazon product has been bought as a present.

For a discussion of this idea, see


and listen to the audio segment.

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