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The gift that keeps on giving

August 12th, 2013 · 54 comments

Our submitter stumbled upon this (excessively punctuated) gem while reading reviews for a product she was considering purchasing on Amazon.

A gift for my niece. I sure hope she like's it. She didn't write me a Thank-you note. But, she likes to sew, so it seemed like an appropriate gift.!

related: Well, at least she reads?

FILED UNDER: gift · posted online · public shaming · You call that punctuation?

54 responses so far ↓

  • #1   RedDelicious

    The day people realize you don’t use an apostrophe for every word that ends in ‘S’ will cause me to twitch a considerably less amount.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 3:45 am   rating: 83  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Rory Breaker

      Got it right on the second try: “she likes to sew”

      Aug 12, 2013 at 4:07 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   kermit

      Red, is it socially acceptable to strangle those people with the tape measure from the previous post?

      And if not, how can we make it so?

      Aug 12, 2013 at 6:16 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   The Elf

      I think we need to force the excessive punctuators to converse with the no punctuators in hopes that they will rub off on each other. Or at least irritate each other enough to start a fight.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 7:26 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   JK

      I dunno. They might start breeding. That poor apostrophe won’t stand a chance.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 11:35 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   kermit

      Elf, I don’t think we’re likely to see any positive results.

      If my experience is worth generalizing about, the people who don’t use punctuation at all just wind up inserting trails of ellipses like this…….if…they….are….leaving….a…trail….of…crumbs…….find….their way to a thought.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.6   Red Delicious

      Kermit, I think perhaps we should just divide and conquer in the same way MI-5 might cause upheaval in a radical political party that just gains too much ground. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so effective as… really damn entertaining.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 4:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.7   kermit

      If it’s a clusterfuck you’re after, then we need to throw in the needless acronym people, too. I’m talking about those who feel the need to “punctuate” with LOLs and TTLYs and so forth.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 8:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #1.8   Neeners

      Your funny lmfao =-)

      Aug 13, 2013 at 9:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #1.9   kermit


      *quivering eye twitch*

      Aug 13, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.10   Poltergeist

      Yeesh guy’s its not that big a deal. Whom need’s grammer anyways? I new I should of skipped over the rediculous comment’s.

      Aug 14, 2013 at 5:05 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #1.11   RedDelicious

      Let the murder games begin. Poltergeist will be victim one.

      Aug 27, 2013 at 1:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #2   Loverfli

    …..poor niece

    Aug 12, 2013 at 5:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #3   anglophile bang

    Wow, a whole $6.47. That Angela is the last of the big spenders.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 6:13 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   The Elf

      It’s the thought that counts. Besides, you don’t know Angela’s situation. Maybe that’s the extent of what she can afford.

      Or maybe she spends $50 on her OTHER neice, who writes her thank you notes.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 7:24 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Djagir

      Well, she can afford $36 for a cereal bowl that she likes because it has a picture of a breed of dog that she owns on it, so I’m guessing that money isn’t really tight…

      Aug 12, 2013 at 10:03 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Kyle

      Daaaaamn. Called OUT.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 11:17 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   kermit

      Hey now, that’s $6.47 + shipping because anything under $25 isn’t shipped free on Amazon.

      And besides, if the niece in question is a kid, that kind of price point is appropriate. The niece should be damn grateful she didn’t knit her any socks or sweaters.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   anglophile bang

      *hides knitting behind back*

      Have we met before, kermit?

      Aug 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   kermit

      Hey man, knitted socks are awesome, so long as you know how to knit them right :)

      Aug 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #3.7   Jessi

      @Kermit, are you missing your left foot? ;-)

      Aug 13, 2013 at 4:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #3.8   kermit

      Only when it’s somebody’s ass, Jessi. But then it’s not missing so much as otherwise occupied in a biohazard zone.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 8:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   weed store

    wow man damn Angela needs to relax

    Aug 12, 2013 at 7:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   redheadwglasses

      Hey,*I* am Angela (not the submitter) and I plan to be relaxing with my vaporizer by 5:15 tonight! If you haven’t invested in a vaporizer for your weed, I highly (heh) recommend it! No smoke! No coughing! No smell! NO SMELL! I can vaporize and then 15 minutes later, smooch my boyfriend and he can’t even tell!

      Aug 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   redheadwglasses

      No coughing, but it DOES give me sneezing fits.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   kermit

      And rhyming fits, clearly.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #5   Adriana

    My mother forced me to write thank-you notes as a child and now it’s just a habit, but most of my friends have never written one. They either thank the person face-to-face or just call. An unacknowledged present is rude, but not writing a thank-you note is not necessarily rude, and this is coming from someone who always writes one.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 7:51 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

  • #6   dom

    Thank you notes are necessary for gifts? What’s wrong with just saying thank you…

    Aug 12, 2013 at 8:50 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   redheadwglasses

      Technically, yes, thank you notes ARE necessary for ALL gifts. THanking someone in person doesn’t count.

      (I”m a miss manners junkie.)

      That said, I write TY notes at most 25% of the time.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Mary

      Thank you notes ARE important. There is something about a note you can hold in your hand, perhaps re-read later that is missing in a verbal thank you. I figure that if someone can go to the trouble of getting me a gift, having me as a guest in their home, or just doing something nice for me, the least I can do is take two minutes out of my oh-so-busy day to write a thank you note. (Although, if a person is too damn busy to write a note a verbal thank you is definitely better than nothing!)

      When my kids were growing up I required them to write their thank you notes before they were allowed to use the gift. As adults they all write thank you notes. :)

      Aug 12, 2013 at 11:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   The Elf

      Totally agree – thank you notes are important. That said, if someone thanks me in person or over the phone, I’m not going to be miffed if they don’t send me a note too. If it goes completely unacknowledged, however…… Well, I might just have to limit my future gifts to under $7.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   SoupySales

      Do people write thank-you notes for gifts exchanged Festivus morning among family members who are there with you?

      I thought the rule was to send thank-you notes for gifts that are mailed (you didn’t get it from the giver in person) and for mass gifts left on a table, such as at weddings or large birthday parties. If I give a gift to someone in person and they thank me, I don’t expect a thank-you note in addition to their verbal thanks.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   The Elf

      You better, or else you’ll be hearing about it at next year’s Airing of Grievances.

      Aug 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.6   SoupySales

      Not if I smite thee with the Festivus pole during the Feats of Strength first!

      Aug 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.7   CT

      “Except for extraordinary items (measured in terms of sentiment more than money), presents enthusiastically received first-hand do not require such letters.”

      Miss Manners has always held that for standard gifts given (and thanked for) in person, written follow-up acknowledgment is not required. You’re off the hook.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 7:15 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.8   redheadwglasses

      Etiquette calls for written TY notes even if you thanked the person yourself already.

      But as I said, I am just a follower of etiquette, not much of a practicer.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #6.9   Snowflame

      I was always expected to write thank you notes to my Aunts and grandparents as a kid after birthdays etc. What really puzzled me was that I got them presents as well, and they never sent me or my parents any thank you notes.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.10   Poltergeist

      Silly Snowflame, everybody knows manners were designed specifically for obedient children. Adults can be as hypocritically rude as they want to be, and if the child tries to call them out on it…well, that’s just not proper etiquette.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.11   Mary

      Snowflame, I’m sorry you were given such a poor example by your elders. I guess I was lucky. My grandparents et al. did send thank you notes.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   spacenomyous

    sorry auntie for not writing a thank you note, but the printer was out of paper. when i went out and bought some, i forgot to pickup a box of pens while i was at the store. mom gave me an envelope, but said i had to go to the post office for a stamp. i don’t know why we have to put these cute little collectible stickers on an envelope… anyways i found the post office using my gps enabled smartphone app and the line was soooooooo long that i had time to write this email and fire it off to you before i even got to the counter and found out they don’t accept debit cards.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 8:57 am   rating: 24  small thumbs up

  • #8   redheadwglasses

    She didn’t write you a TY note because your gift sounds annoying. It seems to be a sewing-themed ear bud cord organizer of sorts? So I guess it looks like it’s on a spool or bobber?

    Here’s a clue: When someone has an interest or hobby, don’t get something related to that interest/hobby unless you absolutely know that the recipient wants/needs that specific item.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #9   Quite Contrary

    First I heard that I had an Aunt Angela.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #10   redheadwglasses

    I just read the rest of the reviews on this product, and was surprised to find mostly a bunch of “I love this, it’s perfect!” comments.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Joanne

      I assume only the people who thought it was good enough to buy in the first place would be able to write a review for it.

      Aug 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   Neeners

    Dear Aunt Angela,
    Thank you, thank you, and yes thank you once again for the splendid ear bud holder shaped like thread spool. I never knew $7 could bring the joy and bliss this little plastic wonder has brought to my life. Ah yes, you know me so well, when I am not darning socks or quilting, I listen to books on tape about professional tailoring on my ear buds. I would have written sooner had I not pricked my finger upon a dirty needle while sewing socks for the homeless. The nasty infection turned gangrenous and I had to have my hand amputated. It had been hard to write you see, let alone mend for the poor. But I digress, your thoughtful gift has touched my heart and I shall forever be in your debt. Forgive my thoughtless oversight. Mea copa, dear dear Aunt Angie. Your loving niece.

    Aug 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   FeRD bang

      Mea copa,

      Tua copa?

      …Copa Cabana?

      Aug 13, 2013 at 1:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Neeners

      Shoulda been culpa, alas the edit button was not working, so I take my licks like the rest of them. Ah Latin, the dead language kinda like disco.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 9:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   Loverfli

      I’m not entirely sure that she realizes she bought an ear bud organizer.

      Aug 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   Jessi

    I have an Aunt Angela (Aunt Angie is what I call her). She lets my cousins, who know my siblings and me far better, pick out the family gift they give each of us (the same way my mother lets us pick each of theirs).

    I’ve never sent a thank-you note, however, because she has always been present when I opened my gift. A verbal thanks and a hug has always seemed sufficient.

    Aug 13, 2013 at 4:38 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Neeners

      I still think that if I take the time to write a thank you note, when I come to your home and ask if you received it, you better have it saved in a box under your bed. Turn the tables, “What? You carelessly tossed my thank you note in the trash! I’m crushed.” Keep the guilt/gift ball rolling people.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 9:18 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   redheadwglasses

      Hah, neeners!

      If my boyfriend’s sister thought I expected hand written TY notes for the gifts I send to her kids, she’d probably say “don’t bother with the gifts, thanks.” I don’t buy gifts and think of the wonderful TY note I’m going to get. Mostly, I just hope the gift is something they will enjoy and use.

      Aug 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Neeners

      True, just say thank you or don’t. If I’m that offended that I didn’t get a thank you note then I will know not to get a gift next time. Honestly, when I get these thank yous back I think to myself “Now what the hell do I do with this thing?” Save it, throw it, is that rude? Who gives a $%^* ! You gave a gift not cured their disease or something.

      Aug 14, 2013 at 11:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   The Elf

      You need to send a thank-you note for the thank-you note. It’s the great thank-you note hamster wheel.

      Aug 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #13   magicdomino

    Personally, I’m happy to get any kind of acknowledgement when I send a gift. Phone call, email, text, it’s all good. Thanks in person is, of course, graciously accepted. Otherwise, I must assume that your presents are falling into a black hole, and it is therefore pointless to send you any more.

    Aug 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up


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