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Self-made literature

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Elegran Sun 24-Nov-13 09:18:48

I see Amazon are sending out lists of their "most gifted books" again.

grumppa Sun 24-Nov-13 11:41:49

DIY manuals that actually do the job for you? What a breakthrough!

Elegran Sun 24-Nov-13 13:39:04

Recipe books that go out and buy the ingredients, prepare the meal, and take it out of the oven steaming hot and smelling delicious. And pay for it all at the checkout.

Wheniwasyourage Sun 24-Nov-13 19:11:46

Childcare books that change dirty nappies...

Ariadne Sun 24-Nov-13 21:12:06

Preaching to the converted, I know! The trouble is that it is technically correct; there is a transitive verb "to gift" which, I suspect, had fallen out of use but has been resurrected. So "gifted" here is a verbal adjective and therefore used correctly.

I still don't like it - there is a twee feel to it, somehow. Fits into a list of twee little words that I hate!