Five words from the blurb: mistake, printed, embarrassing, hilarious, history
Just My Type is a compilation of typographical errors from a wide range of sources. The only thing linking them is that the mistakes created are funny. When an unsolicited review copy dropped through my letterbox I was initially sceptical – I have a problem with people who laugh at the grammatical and spelling errors of others. But I have to admit I’m a hypocrite on this one and was quickly won over by the numerous amusing examples.
The book is divided into twelve sections, each dealing with a different area. Literature, politics and the legal system are all covered, but my favourite was the chapter made possible by new technology – the autocorrect function for text messaging. I know I’ve sent a few dodgy messages in my time, but luckily they’ve tended to make no sense. Some of the examples in this book could easily cause big problems for the sender:
The majority of the book is made up of small examples of faulty text. Here are a few of my favourites:
Yoko Ono will talk about her husband John Lennon, who was killed in an interview with Barbara Walters. TV Magazine (US), 1987
Not to be taken whilst beastfeeding. Warning on paracetamol bottle
Keeping all food under cover is the first step towards ridding the house of aunts. Albany Journal
There are also photographs and historical documents to illustrate some of the more visual blunders.
Overall I found this to be an entertaining little book. It’s the perfect stocking filler.