How to write a superbissimo thank you note for a mirific, magnanimous gift
The holidays recede, the new year rises, and the gifts you received cry out for thanks. For the givers who deserve something more than a simple “thank you," there are more expressive words of gratitude.
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Depending on your relationship with the giver, playful terms might also be appropriate – raveworthy, legend, bone-brilliant, superbissimo – as well as a dash of slang for your homies: rightful, trig, shibby.Skip to next paragraph
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Acclaim the gesture. Was it not gladdening, gladsome, bighearted, kindly, jubilating, considerate, cheering, spirit-buoying, heart-juddering, exalting, regaling, magnanimous, sensitive, observant, or compassionate? Be generous yourself in your appraisal; it will bring good karma.
Acclaim the giver. Go amusingly over the top if you like. It isn’t self-serving flattery; you’ve already scored the present. Let the giver enjoy being anointed as enshrinable, selfless, peerless, prized, mirific (wonder-working), incomparable, venerated, sterling, legendary, luminous; a national resource, a do-right citizen, the numba-one head of the situation.
Trumpet your emotional response to the gift. Not tritely “blown-away,” but cock-a-hooped, transported, ecstasiated, endorphined, mind-marmalized (turned to marmalade), enthralled, dumbstruck, body-slammed, electrified, staggered, buzzed, jacked, cranked.
Put the giving in a positive context. Almost every time Vincent van Gogh thanked his brother for the gift of another 50 or 100 francs, he spoke of the remarkable work it would enable, often sending a sketch with his letter.
You can add a pleasing dimension to your thanks by offering a small scenario involving you and the gift. As a youngster receiving a present of money, I would crow about the baseball mitt it would help buy, or the cool penny loafers, or my far-off college education. I didn’t have the words then to elevate my thanks above the ordinary, but I could lay on some of the schmaltz practiced in my household.
Expressive thanks felt good, did good, and made my world a happier place, just as they do for me in today’s harried world and can do for anyone.
Arthur Plotnik writes on expressiveness. His latest book is “Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives.” His “Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words,” revised and expanded, will appear in summer 2012.