Correct grammar and proper spelling can be a challenge, and their absence can be a source of gleeful humor to everyone but the victim of a bad grammar attack. How do you react to sandwich boards, road signs, laminated instructions, and other written missives that are just not exactly what their creator meant? If you've ever (gently) judged anyone else for their linguistic failures, if you find yourself guffawing about the frequent confusion between "incontinence" and "inconvenience," if you've ever been tempted to whip out your marker to add in or cross out apostrophes, and if you've refused to answer e-mails in which "your" and "you're" are used interchangeably, this book is for you. With pictures culled from the Facebook group by the same name, I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar is a hilarious and eye-opening tour through restaurants and shops, through parking lots and along winding roads, and around the world.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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About the Author
Sharon Eliza Nichols created the Facebook group I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar, which boasts more than 350,000 members and 7,000 photos of misspelled and ungrammatical signs. Sharon has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and lives in Tuscaloosa, where she is a law student at the University of Alabama.
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I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar
By Sharon Eliza Nichols
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2009 Sharon Eliza Nichols
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FOOD AND DRINK
It's the Southern take on the French Bistro.
But evidently alcohol was allowed while creating the sign.
Yum, bowels and camels early in the morning!
It plugs up the sink and wastes precious coffee grinds.
Apparently, this is a common mistake.
The plural of knife is knives.
Is the fish Chip's or are the chips Chip's?
We're here, we want the early dinner special, get used to it. And don't leave off the pickles!
Their hot what?
I need my apostrophe eraser. And my Z flipper.
Tea isn't coffee, right?
So close to what you meant, but now I really want to see the writer of this sign curtsey while fixing it.
Pick a spelling, any spelling.
Opposite: I shouldn't have to contemplate apostrophes while waiting for my arteries to harden.
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Table of Contents
1. Food and Drink,
2. Shopping Signage,
3. Fashion Statements,
4. Parking, Driving, Cars, and Travel,
5. Newspapers and Books,
7. Lost in Translation,
8. Say What?,
9. Apostrophe Catastrophe,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ms. Nichols has chosen a terrific selection of hysterical grammatical errors spotted everywhere from menus to street signs to billboards. But this is further proof that the US educational system deserves an F in teaching its (not it's) population how to spell!
An excellent gift for those grammar loving friends!
This was an impulse Christmas purchase, and I seriously hesitated wrapping it too early. Some quips are a little more pointed and less with the snark, but the follies of sign-makers still rings true.
Grammar mistakes are everwhere, ranging from misplaced apostrophes to downright unacceptable translations. Nichols started a group on Facebook to collect photos of all these hideous mistakes, and now has published a collection of the worst offenders. Most common among the errors are the ubiquitous grocer's apostrophes ("apple's" or "grape's"), implying an unintended possessive. More disheartening are the spelling mistakes made on semi-permanent road signs ("Avanue" is a favorite). This book brings to light all the ways in which people around the world torture the language. It's worth many a laugh.
My friend has this book and he says it is good
These pictures and funny comments can be found on the internet. The comments the author makes are boring and evident, leaving this reader wishing she spent her money elsewhere, like on one of those incorrect tee's :)