Randomly Shelves or Something

by Afferbeck Lauder, Steven Caires

My brilliantly aptly distractingly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be due to the books both containing words such as ‘and’ or ‘the’, although having said that it’d be really awesome to now find two books totally missing both of those words.

The books I chose last week were The Joys of Engrish by Steven Caires and Nose Tone Unturned by Afferbeck Lauder. Stay tuned to find out if I’ve actually got a link.

The Books

Ah, The Joys of Engrish. How we love to see how translators have mangled the English language. Some of the pages in this book illustrate the problem of translating perfectly. Some of them give a totally new slant on marketing. I opened the book and fell in love with this clothing tag. I’ve typed it almost exactly as it shown on the tag, except for making the margins narrower.

It is recommended just for a fashion sensitive person good appearance and high quality fit together. Perfect to wear

The Joys of Engrish by Steven Caires

Nose Tone Unturned is by the brilliant Professor Afferbeck Lauder. You’ve all heard of him, he’s lauded throughout the land. This second book followed his first much read book Let Stalk Strine

Nose Tone Unturned by Afferbeck Lauder

The Link

Unlike last week at first glance these books have much in common. They have pages, the pages are numbered! They have words! Probably the biggest commonality is how they look at the mangled English language. The Joys of Engrish talks about how translation can mangle things if the translator doesn’t understand English enough while Nose Tone Unturned is more about how pronunciation can mangle things so much people have no idea what you’re saying.

Be grateful, I couldn’t find The Joys of Engrish available for sale but I do recommend Nose Tone Unturned. The link will take you to the omnibus by Lauder, it’s well worth the money. By buying you give me a few cents of affiliation fees.

Next Week!

Next week we have some interesting books. The Family with Two Front Doors by Anna Ciddor and Magwitch by Michael Noonan. I have ideas already, the challenge will be to remember them for a whole week.

2 thoughts on “Randomly Shelves or Something

  1. Simon Petrie

    I love books of mangled English. One of my favourites is English As She Is Spoke (1883), by Pedro Carolinho: ‘for the care what we wrote him, and for her typographical correction’. It contains ‘Idiotisms and Proverbs’ such as ‘There is not any ruler without an exception’, ‘The stone as roll not heap up not foam’, and the inexplicable ‘To craunch the marmoset’.

    1. mattling

      That’s fabulous! I’ve used the phrase ‘English as she is spoke’ many times without realising it was the title of a book.

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