Wednesday, April 06, 2011

WNW: I Want This Book

If you're a true word nerd and already know grammar and punctuation rules, you'll get a huge kick out this book (which I'm dying to buy):

This "Absolutely Phony Guide" is by the folks behind one of my favorite Twitter streams: FakeAPStylebook. If you're on Twitter, follow them. Now. They're brilliantly funny.

The book is filled with fake "rules" and suggestions. One example: “Weapons and the Military: Shoot first, then ask questions about shooting.”

Not so sure about the rules? No problem; just go in with the knowledge that chances are, everything you read is bogus (even if you aren't getting the joke).

Note that the misspellings and typos are totally on purpose. This is my kind of humor book!

Read more about it in The New Yorker. And then buy it HERE from Amazon.


Scott said...

I've been looking forward to this too! A couple favorite tweets:
"Always remember to close all parentheses. We're not paying to air condition the entire paragraph"
"Dates should be formated as MM/DD/YY except for the years 1990 through 1992, which should be denoted in 'Hammer Time.' "

TisforTonya said...

hilarious - I need to follow them on twitter (the two above had me gasping for breaths between laughter spasms)

Maggie said...

Oh gosh. This sounds funny! I used to be quite acquainted with the AP Stylebook, as a reporter, and I'd love to see some of their fake rules.

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

I follow them on Twitter as well and simply adore them. I so need this book!

Heidi said...

How fun! I like the new cover for By The Water's Edge. Neat.

Jessica G. said...

If they ever run out of Twitter material, they can ask my husband how to spell things...he's quite imaginative. Once spelled Phoenix as Fenix.

Author Joshua Hoyt said...

sounds like a very funny book!

LeeAnn said...

I just bought the Kindle version of There, Their, and They're. Thank you for putting it on Kindle!


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