Sunday, September 21, 2014

Just My Typo

Moir, D. (2014). Just my typo: from "Sinning with the choir" to "the Untied States." New York: Three Rivers Press.

Adult/Older YA Humor

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

This is just my type o' book! The typos: some subtle, some blatant, ALL hilarious! Yes, I'm easily amused and magnetically drawn to spotting typos and written mistakes; however, there's a bit of something for everyone in this book, even those who don't have a freakish attraction to error. It's not a book to pick-up and read in one sitting, rather, I found it more fun to just read a few pages for a quick chuckle, head shake, and lift. Family members would hear my laughter and ask if I was reading THAT book again.

A crowning jewel for me was a typo that author/compiler Drummond Moir made himself (though he cleverly gave himself an out to all potential mistakes in the "Note to the Reader" section). In an "Interlude" about a third of the way into the book, he refers to a "University of Austin at Texas" misprint in a commencement brochure. For this Texas A&M graduate, THAT error got top laughs. (It is the University of Texas at Austin.)

I highly recommend this book for those with the editor's eye, but I also can see great applications for using it in the classroom as a fun and funny tool for teaching some of the nuances of the English language. "Spot the Typo" could be a fun starter activity for any classroom.  There are a few typos that make an otherwise bland remark sexual, but quite honestly, those are some of the funniest.

Thank you, thank you to Blogging for Books who provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give. 

You can purchase the book, read about the author, and sign-up for author alerts for Drummond Moir on the Random House website.

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