Saturday, September 25, 2010

"while man has pores, mold has spores. it is one way to tell us apart"

Funny English Errors and Insights: Three-hundred-and-one humorous uses & misuses of written English, compiled by Troy Simpson (National Library of Australia)

this book is far too hilarious to have at work. i have been in hysterics and not doing any dusting.

the book is set out like an old-fashioned reader, with great black-and-white photos throughout.you must all go out and buy it, but i'm sure it's ok if i give you a couple of samples.

english:
"a metaphor is a thing you shout through"

law and government:
"the executor of a will kills the persons who are named therein"

vocabulary:
"nets: holes tied together with string"

miscellaneous:
"a sob is when a feller don't mean to cry and it bursts out all by itself"

6 comments:

  1. Thanks Kate

    Where can you buy this book?

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  2. probably any bookshop. it's new this month. in melbourne i would recommend the sun bookshop in yarraville, fairfield books in fairfield or readings in carlton.

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  3. Ha! What a great Christmas present! jx

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  4. Hi Kate

    It's Troy Simpson here, the person who compiled "Funny English Errors and Insights".

    I'm glad you liked the book :)

    If you liked the book, I'd be grateful if you could please consider "Liking" the book at borders.com.au. Here's the relevant link: http://www.borders.com.au/book/funny-english-errors-and-insights-illustrated-three-hundred-and-one-humorous-uses-and-misuses-of-written-english/9415855/

    Just press "Like".

    Anyway, thanks again for such a nice review.

    All the best,

    Troy

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  5. i did really like your book - however, i do not like borders.

    i would recommend everyone to buy your book from an independent bookstore - huzzah!

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  6. Fair enough.

    There are some independent bookstores listed here that stock the book: http://www.funny-english-errors.com/about-us/where-to-buy.html

    And if you know of any other bookstores that stock the book, please let me know, for your chance to win this competition: http://www.funny-english-errors.com/fun/competitions/open-competitions.html.

    Cheers

    Troy

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