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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Lure a reader, get a book
Introduce five friends to this blog, and I will send you a free book.
I want the names of the new readers, your attestation that they have not previously read You Don’t Say, and the titles of at least two posts they have read all the way through.
Four books are up for grabs. The first person to meet the goal gets to choose which. After that, the range of choice narrows progressively.
Offer ends June 6.
These are the prize books:
Mardy Grothe, i never metaphor i didn’t like: a comprehensive compilation of history’s greatest analogies, metaphors, and similes
Ralph Keyes, I Love It When You Talk Retro
Ammon Shea, Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
David Wolman, Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling
You Don’t Say will bear the expenses of postage and handling only for locations in the United States and Canada. Offer not valid to employees of You Don’t Say or relatives of employees of You Don’t Say. Cannot be combined with any other offer.