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How to write a good blurb for a bad gift.

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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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