So often people tell me they have had an 'invite' to something, I am wondering if the word can actually be accepted as correct English, as opposed to 'invitation'. In a similar vein people, more usually in the north of England, will use the present participle of verbs in situations which call for the past. E.g. Waiter in restaurant asks you 'how would you like your eggs cooking?'instead of 'cooked'. Are these not simply incorrect expressions in English? It just seems to me that nowadays if enough people start saying something it becomes acceptable.
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Of course we can. Invite has been used informally as a noun since at least 1659, when it occurred in Hamon L'Estrange’s 'The alliance of divine offices exhibiting all the liturgies of the Church of England':
Bishop Cranmer . . . gives him an earnest invite to England.
invite noun, informal
Note: the pronunciation for the noun form is /ˈɪnvʌɪt/ instead of /ɪnˈvʌɪt/.