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“To err is human. To laugh when other people err is even more human. And Drummond Moir will make you feel very human when you read this book. Because you'll be laughing is what I'm saying. A lot.”  --A.J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy  

"A collection of gaffes and boo-boos that may very well send us on another typo hunt through time, space, and the internet. Thanks a lot, Drummer—Desmond—Mr. Moir."
--Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson, The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
 
"The typo: creator of angst and giggles. Best not read this in public, as you will laugh out loud. Or have the urge to nudge the stranger sitting next to you, just so you can tell them about that hilarious thing you just read. Like how Hitler had a ruthless gazpacho. Or how Rambo was a famous French poet. Or how… oh, just read the damn thing." - Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

About the Author

Drummond Moir grew up in Edinburgh and studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and Daiichi Keizai University in Fukuoka, Japan. Now based in London, he is Editorial Director of Sceptre, one of the UK’s leading literary imprints.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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It's always amazing the number of typos which make it into print and how funny some of them can be. Add to that the number of "auto-corrected" messages these days, blunders on signs, etc..etc.. and you get just a peek at what is waiting for you in this book.

I was literally laughing out loud in sections and shaking my head in others.

Well worth the price and the time to read.. probably over and over again.
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Too bad I can't say the same. I'm notorious for typos. I try and proofread what my spell checker doesn't catch, and still miss many, especially is rushed for time. So the editors stand guard, and still some slip through. The author didn't address a question, or at least an intuition, that some typos slip through intentionally. I guess as an editor that's just not proper thinking.
I found this book to be a keeper in that it is fun to go back over some that I highlighted as reading: from freshly-blown noses[roses]; Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was in the hospital for an enlarged prostitute[prostate]; French widow in every bedroom; and too many to site here without making a book out of it. Then there were those stories that added to the depth of the mistake like in the context of No price to high[No - price too high]. The texting errors was a great chapter; as were many other chapters covering a wide range of errors in many aspects of the English language.
My favorite though was the Hooter waitress who won a brand new Toyota[brand new toy Yoda].
Suffice to say I recommend this for those want a good laugh, chuckle, or just a tickle from the communicating fingers that typing follies produce.
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Drummond Moir has gathered together a collection of typographical errors, misprints and misspellings in this book that will have you laughing out loud. I have been in the publishing business for years and learned a long time ago that despite all the best efforts to proofread for errors many do slip by. That is just a fact. Often times these mistakes can be funny and other times just plain embarrassing to the editor or publisher. One thing I can guarantee is that you will get a laugh reading through all these slip-ups. You will find typos from literature, newspapers, gastronomic and legal sources. Don’t miss the section gleaned from historical and political material. Enjoy laughing at others mistakes but remember no body is perfect!
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I'm an editor, so I spend a lot of time being pained by typos and grammar problems that I read everywhere. This little book is pretty darn funny. I don't have a collection of these books, like other reviewers must have, so I was pretty entertained.

"erratum--in our last number, in speaking of General P, the types made us call him a bottle-scarred veteran. The printer should have made it battle-scared." Pg 91

I recommend this for a giggle and a gift for your favorite editor.
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I was pretty excited when I saw this on the list of offerings in my Blogging For Books account, so I immediately selected it to be sent my way for a review. It arrived this afternoon, and I surely wasn't disappointed.

First off, Just My Typo is a collection of hilarious typos. It is not the kind of book you can expect to spend very long reading. In one sitting, it took me less than an hour to polish off this collection of gems. However, I was laughing the whole time. Some of these would be fun to Tweet, share with friends, or read aloud at the beginning of a class. I can see my husband using these in his high school English classroom to illustrate the importance of things like proofreading and paying attention.

Since the days of Benjamin Franklin (and even before, as one might recall is the case in "the Wicked Bible," a printing of the Bible in which a typo instructs readers to commit adultery), humans have been amused by, frustrated by, humiliated by, and fascinated with typos. Franklin himself authored an article entitled "Printers' Errors" in 1729, in which he includes, and then discusses various typos, much to the delight of his readers, I'm sure. And, if we're being honest, not much has changed.

As humans, we don't want to make mistakes, and we certainly don't want attention drawn to the mistakes we do make... but we sure don't mind pointing out the mistakes of others and then laughing at them wholeheartedly.
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Anyone who has ever made a mistake will find this book reassuring as they are not alone. If you have agonized over an error, don't worry, you're not alone, nor have you been for centuries. This book is loaded with hysterically funny examples of how famous people, scholars, literary figures, kids, etc. have messed up with unintentionally and sometimes embarrassing typos.

Since I work in the writing trade, this is the sort of book I would love to share with those I work with -- but I cannot. A lot of these typos are off-color and might offend people.

There are people who have a belief system, which I fully respect, which makes such material unacceptable. So keep that in mind.

However, in the corporate world, there are amoral people who could hurt you with this book, even if they're not the one to whom you shared the book. If even one person decides she or he is "offended" (or just want to take you down for some reason or other) can bring this book to Human Resources as a grievance and you could be either terminated or branded, sometimes permanently. Companies fear lawsuits from ladies/gentlemen who see a lottery payment in their future for an "offense," even they are lying. Companies cannot take the chance. And so the unprincipled use this as a tool for revenge and personal gain - even advancement.

It would be nice if there were a "G"-rated version for sharing or giving as gifts.
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