Saturday, August 2, 2014

I cam text now.

A couple of years ago, my mom finally succumbed to the notion of texting. I didn't know that she had bought a new phone with a keyboard until I got this text from her one afternoon: "I cam text now."

Well, no, Mom, apparently you're still struggling.

Maybe I laughed too much at her typo - she was new to the typing-on-a-phone thing, after all - but I do appreciate irony. I also tend to be a bit of a spelling and grammar nazi - a confession which will undoubtedly ensure that the rest of this post is riddled with grammatical errors and misspellings, so let's just go ahead and say that if there are any, they were done on purpose, mmmkay?

All that is to say that when I had the opportunity to review a book called Just My Typo by Drummond Moir, I didn't think twice.

Check out the text beneath the title: sinning with the choir? The Untied States? In case you can't read the note protruding from the typewriter, it gives the following helpful instructions: "If you feel cold, put on a sweater, crap yourself in a blanket, or turn up the heat." Well, at least they used an Oxford comma.

This book is divided into twelve chapters that document different types of typos. There are typos in literature, in the media, typos with historical and political significance, typos abroad, gastronomic typos, legal and expensive typos, futuristic typos and typos by kids, holy typos, typos of a romantic persuasion (which has the best chapter title of all: "The Best Love in the Whore World"), and typos that kill. I just hate it when that happens.

As you can well imagine, each category had some truly great entries. A few favorites include:

All work cheaply and nearly done.

Illegally parked cars will be fine.

This manual has been carefully to remove any errors.

Some of the best errors showed up in the Typos Abroad chapter:

Fresh Crap: $8.99/LB

Specialist in women and other diseases

French widow in every bedroom

However, quite a few of the typos weren't truly funny. They were just...well, typos. For instance, one submitter noted that, "a medical book I worked on had a disclaimer saying the publisher and author are responsible for any consequences that may arise from following the advice set forth within these pages." Well, that's an unfortunate typo, if the book happened to be read by the litigious sort. But ultimately, it's just a commonplace typo, nothing hilariously noteworthy.

There were also quite a few instances in which the typo turned an innocent word into something less innocent...resulting in profanity or crass terms for body parts. Take the realtor typos, for instances - I wouldn't be crazy about the "heated poo in backyard," but I definitely don't any parts of the "huge d*ck in back for entertaining" or the "beautiful bi*ch cabinets." I was hoping that this would be a book I could share with my similarly word-nerdy 10-year-old, but this is definitely not one that I'll be passing down.

All in all, Just My Typo was a quick and entertaining read. Personally, I enjoyed the one-liners - such as the ones I've shared here - more than the typos that required long, explanatory narratives, but most of those were interesting and humorous as well. Wordy folks such as myself will appreciate this one...but if English was never your favorite class, you may miss some of the best jokes.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

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