- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Griffin,U.S.; 1 edition (2 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312533012
- ISBN-13: 978-0312533014
- Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.3 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar Paperback – 2 May 2009
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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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The corners on the book were damaged slightly, but a great gift!
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I am a Grammar Nazi, so I sympathize with the frustration of poor English use growing increasingly abundant in today's society. However, this book makes me feel bad for being a Grammar Nazi. When flipping through this book, I get the impression of a disgruntled, condescending teacher publishing students' homework mistakes, which makes me feel stupid via proxy. None of the images in this collection are funny or even particularly noteworthy (PROTIP: a picture should be able to stand on its own merits, and a caption should only add icing to the cake). When the pictures of hilarious gaffes were handed out, Nichols must have showed up late and had to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Is it really worth paying for a compilation of misplaced apostrophes and other uninteresting typos?
Belittling others purely for being wrong does not a funny book make. I would feel amused if a mistake I made was funny and was included in one of these books, but none of these could be considered amusing in the slightest. If the idea was to teach by example a la Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the cavalier attitude is completely unnecessary. Making fun of others is best done with a light-hearted--not ham-fisted--touch, in a way that doesn't make the editor look like a mean-spirited, holier-than-thou literary bully. However, the selection is such that I'm not sure even an attitude adjustment would be much of an improvement.
Overall, I don't think it was worth even flipping through in the bookstore, much less buying. If feeling superior to others is your cup of tea, however, this book may be for you!
EDIT: I just found a recording of Stephen Fry describing why Grammar Nazis are such miserable people, which illustrates perfectly why this book specifically turned me off from being a Grammar Nazi. In summary, being a Grammar Nazi is all about tearing others down, almost never about delighting in the joy of language. A book purely about tearing others down is, therefore, completely depressing.
Skip the captions, which aren't funny at all. The best photos stand on their own just fine, and the others can't be made funny with lame captions.
Skip the chapter in which she makes fun of people who don't speak English as their first language. Writing a book about typos and targeting non-English speakers is just lazy.
Keep in mind most of the mistakes she points out involve poor spelling or punctuation (or in one case, a sign missing a letter because the wind had blown it away), not grammar.
Whatever you do, don't buy a copy for yourself. Check out the Facebook page, which is free.