A Steroid Hit The Earth Paperback – 3 Aug 2009
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'A Steroid Hit the Earth is full of linguistic delights and treasures. Fantastic.' David Crystal
About the Author
Martin Toseland is a writer and editor, having worked for both Penguin and HarperColllins. He is an authority on language-related subjects.
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There are plenty of pages to keep you amused, though I have to admit I read it all in one sitting. And I laughed out loud for much of that time. There are some very funny misprints. And some that I didn't find at all funny, but that's par for the course.
It's divided into sections, with some editorial stuff, but thankfully not too much.
My favourite bit is the section on corrections, some of which are funnier than the misprints were to start with.
My reservation with this book is that unlike, say, the 'Boobs' series of books, the misprints in here are not photographs of the original cuttings, just the misprints typed out. To me that takes something away, makes it seem less authentic. There's always the possibility that they're embellished, or even made up. Probably not of course, but there's nothing like seeing the original.
And I have seen some of these misprints before in other books.
So, it's not the best of its type, but it is pretty good. And it's so nicely printed and packaged that it will inevitably make a great stocking filler, and one that's better than most gift books of this ilk.
Many mistakes consist of missing a letter from a word thus making the finished piece nonsensical. These include firemen turning their noses (hoses), soldiers firing rubber pullets (bullets) and the police chasing a "getaway cat"(car) for more than forty miles. Others are inadvertent constructions such as the accident caused "as the dead man was crossing the intersection" which reminded me of the accurate report of a similar accident in a local newspaper in which the dead man's last words before crossing were "I think we can make it". Some could cause offence if they weren't so amusing including the widow who "visited the cemetery where her husband was buried on a number of occasions." On the other hand in 1838 the Rev. J W Morris was not amused when accosted by various ladies for having been reported as having proposed a tax on wives (wines).
Mistakes in newspapers are to be expected, more so in the days of hot print than now when spell checking computers correct all errors automatically - don't they? Not where grammar is concerned. The apostrophe seems to fool people most of the time, especially where it and it's are concerned. Books should be exempt from errors although Sir Henry H Johnston made it to print with, "The Nolotic race is remarkable for the disproportionately long legs of their men and women. They extend on the eastern side of the Nile right down into the Uganda Protectorate.Read more ›
The book covers a wide time period. While, as you'll see mentioned on the rear cover, it mentions biblical works from the 17th and 18th Centuries, the book seems to get the bulk of its material from the 1960s to the present day. This appears to be a compilation of the best 'mistakes' of the previous few decades rather than, say, some typos that were spotted in the last year.
It covers a wide range of sources, from local press to foreign menus. Again, this implies a dedication to the craft, rather than merely going over old ground. It has been well put together.
The book is divided in to sections with occasional smaller section dedicated to a more specific area of errors, so, for example, 'Church & Religion' features a variety of typos pertaining to that area, while a smaller section 'holy typos' is specifically about the aforementioned biblical errors. The wide range of areas targeted assure that there is something for everybody.
Overall this is a very funny books, nearly 200 pages long with (generally) 6 typos per page. It can be read chapter by chapter (each section has an introduction), or just dived into at will. The strength of this style of book is that even if you don't find an entry amusing, there are more on the same page that will raise a smile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only halfway through this book but have already bought a copy for my sister. Impossible to read without laughing out loud - I love it.Published 18 months ago by Jensy
This is a brilliant book for dipping into. Really funny mis-spellings make the book well worth a read. Good buyPublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by roger white
My husband and grandson love this book. Not read it yet myself but hear the chortling so must be good.Published on 21 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
I do not find it possible to award any compilation 5 stars but this came close. The sellers description was only Good but I doubt it had ever been opened.Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by DuncanG
Arrived on time and in good condition. Not read yet, but looking forward to, English language anomalies are fascinating. J C Cronin BA (Hons)Published on 27 Nov. 2012 by J. C. CRONIN
I bought this for my 10 year old grandson who loves daft jokes as much as I do. It was a great success and we spent a lot of time giggling over the contents. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2012 by K. Clayden