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I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar Paperback – 2 May 2009

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  • 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)

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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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HASH(0x9cb43fa8) out of 5 stars I Judge You When You Belittle Unfunny Mistakes 11 April 2010
By Minzoku Bokumetsu - Published on
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When mistakes due to spelling, wording, or placement create an amusing or bizarre effect, you get a book like Fail Nation or Caution: Funny Signs Ahead. When mistakes are simply incorrect, you get this book.

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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d44be40) out of 5 stars Not really about grammar, not laugh-out-loud funny, but good for a chuckle 16 July 2012
By Smoove D - Published on
Format: Paperback
Congratulations to the author. She took a Facebook group composed of photos other people submitted, made it into a book, and turned an easy profit. I'm guessing the whole thing took her about an hour. If you come across this book, go ahead and flip through it for a chuckle or two, but here are some tips:

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d44e5e8) out of 5 stars Very Repetitive 12 Mar. 2011
By WinterIzComing - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are plenty of signs, labels, t-shirts, etc. that are funny because of incorrect grammar, punctutation or incorrect usage of words. This books seems to focus primarily on signs where the apostrophe is misused and when "your", "you're", "its", "it's", "there", "their", and "they're" are interchanged. After a while, it becomes rather boring. I find much funnier examples at
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccac360) out of 5 stars I agree with others -- 20 Aug. 2011
By missgrundy - Published on
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This is not a great book. I was teaching a grammar class and so bought it but was very disappointed in that most of the images show poor spelling and punctuation, not grammar. It's also clear to me that many of the errors have been made by non-native speakers, and I think that it's kind of low and mean-spirited to make fun of those people.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccacb40) out of 5 stars Not Really That Funny 16 Dec. 2011
By Ria Darling - Published on
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I'm a big fan of books like this but this one was not as funny as I had hoped.Some of the errors seem to be made by people who use English as a second language and sometimes the examples were just not all that amusing. My suggestions would be to try 'F In exams' or 'Cake Wrecks' or even Found (I'm a big fan) instead. I ended up giving this away-it wasn't even bathroom worthy.
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