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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad hypercorrective grammar, good book?, March 11, 2014
This review is from: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time (Hardcover)
Just heard the author on NPR and the book sounded interesting and relevant; however not to nit pick, but I hate bad grammar, especially from a Washington Post writer, especially when it involves hyper correction of the object of a preposition. For example, when interviewed on the radio, referring to her husband and herself, Ms. Schulte says something like, "This book was a project for Tom and I." Ouch! Call me a curmudgeon, but that hurts. Ouch, pass the cold compress.
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Initial post: Mar 11, 2014 7:28:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2014 7:28:29 AM PDT
M. Atkinson says:
I heard that too & cringed, myself. But seriously, if you haven't even read the book, how can you possibly give it a 3 star rating? You're simply reacting negatively to an interview; doesn't seem fair. The book presumably had a rigorous editing process which hopefully corrected any grammatical errors. I wouldn't be so quick to judge the book based on that tiny fact alone.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2014 8:35:30 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 11, 2014 8:38:24 AM PDT
Seana Y. says:
Oh brother! Like you have absolutely perfect spoken grammar? Go complain about your pet peeves somewhere else and not on the review page of a book you haven't read.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 9:04:18 AM PDT
J. A. Geary says:
Ok, you're a curmudgeon. You're also not fair. I listened to the interview on NPR this morning myself. The book sounds interesting, and I don't think your slam and 3 stars is a legitimate criticism of the book. Spoken grammar is often "rough", even in Idaho.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 12:35:17 PM PDT
Did you read the book then? If not, you should not be posting a review. It is simply inappropriate--unfair to potential readers, and unfair to the author.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 3:13:25 PM PDT
P. Radcliffe says:
I also cringe at bad grammar (less people, for you and I, bored of...) but please don't rate a book you haven't read even if you feel your rating is neutral. It skews the ratings in an unhelpful way.
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