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Description - A Steroid Hit the Earth: The Catastrophic World of Misprints; or 'Thank God it Wasn't Me' by Martin Toseland

'A Steroid Hit The Earth' is a catalogue of errors, omissions, mistakes and other disasters, ranging from the straight typo or the ambiguous statement to the downright bizarre. Each demonstrates a sub-editor or proofreader taking their eye off the ball, to the delight of millions, every single example preserving the humble misprint as a perpetual source of 'schadenfreude'. From the holy typo of 1631, when Barker and Lucas' 'Wicked Bible' exhorted people to commit adultery by omitting a crucial 'not' from the seventh commandment, 'A Steroid Hit the Earth' reaches back in time to the days before modern printing and our own spell-check obsessed age. It is a joyous and irreverent paean to gaffes of all sorts that have caused confusion, consternation and outright offence among readers, incorporating confessions from insiders - retired newspapermen and typesetters - for the inside story on both what was and what might have been. A highly entertaining and deeply resonant book, appealing to the 'there but for the grace of...' feeling in all of us. It will be proof-read six times before publication. Highlights the potential pitfalls of committing anything at all to paper typographical horrors to make grown editors reach for the sick bag tells the noble history of the misprint Celebrates the impossibility of getting everything right all the time

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781906032432
ISBN-10: 1906032432
Format: Hardback
(134mm x 188mm x 21mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Portico
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Toseland

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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