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Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language Paperback – Aug 6 2013
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About the Author
Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras are a brother-and-sister writing team, and the authors of the bestselling Stupidest series—which includes the #1 bestselling page-a-day calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said (now in its nineteenth year—with more than 4.5 million copies sold)—along with other books.
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Unfortunately, the Petrases butcher a fabulous opportunity here. Only about half the book comprises extracts from published writings, which, alone, provide mediocre amusement. The other half of the text constitutes the authors' own wretched writing: tedious, puerile and tiresome musings on what makes their examples cringe-worthy. Ultimately good for a few chuckles but severely lacking insight and intelligence.
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The examples of rotten prose are amusing, but the authors can't seem to resist wildly gilding the lilies and overcooking the satiric trimmings of hopelessly mixed metaphors, dangerously dangling participles and illiterate alliterations.
In short, they talk too much, much as I did just now.
Worse, these prolix authors commit many of the same literary boo-boos they criticize, also like I'm doing here.
In the nonexistent words of the justly scorned Edward Bulwer-Litton, "This book stinks intelligently."
The Petrases attempts at humor are especially aggravating: coy, puerile and tiresome may be the kindest adjectives.
In truth, I was warned: the blurb for the book closes with the warning, "try not to cringe too much." I just did not anticipate this was referring to the editors' contribution.