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    How to write a good blurb for a bad gift.

    Jessie Gaynor

    December 23, 2021, 10:32am

    Graciously accepting a gift you don’t like is, I imagine, a lot like being asked to blurb a book you don’t like. In both cases, the trick is avoiding hurt feelings, but also trying to minimize the possibility of being held accountable for whatever you said. But because most everyone who blurbs a book is a writer, we have more linguistic options from which to pull. So, if you find yourself the recipient of a gift that is both thoughtful and unwelcome, why not employ the language of ambivalent blurbers everywhere to say I appreciate this, and you can’t prove otherwise!

    Arresting

    Exuberant

    Breathtaking

    Thoughtful

    Ambitious

    Singular

    Daring

    Deeply felt

    Imaginative

    Slim

    Fresh

    Enduring

    Humane

    Fearless

    Quirky

    A gift that teaches us what it means to be human

     

    Happy gifting (and receiving)!

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