A well-known local personality wrote a book of his memoirs a few years ago. He was an acquaintance of mine, and I delighted in watching him promote his tome with much fanfare, loads of publicity and a bunch of local TV and radio appearances. I was thrilled when I received my copy.
Then I read it.
From nearly the first page came a torrent of misspellings, grammatical missteps and messed up punctuation. The book contained more slips than a lingerie company; more errors than a blindfolded shortstop; more boo boo’s than a ghost convention. (I attended analogy school for a semester.)
When the author of the book finally asked me, “What’d you think?”---I decided to be brutally honest. “It was absolutely terrific,” I stated boldly.
He replied quickly, “You didn’t notice all the mistakes?”
“What mistakes? “ I asked with typical candor.
“Oh, come on,” he said. “You had to notice that there are more slips than a lingerie company; more errors than a---“I cut him off. “Yes, “I admitted. “I did notice one or two.”More ›