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Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language

by Kathryn Petras

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Amusing except for the selections from academic writing--those are just depressing because they're quite representative of the state of academics today. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
This book is a collection of bad writing...sometimes by highly successful authors. It is arranged alphabetically by theme, starting with "adjectives, excessive use of", and ending with "zoological sexual encounters". At times, I laughed out loud; other times, I cringed. There were some examples I couldn't even read all the way through.

Entertaining. ( )
  LynnB | Mar 20, 2014 |
Fun collection of examples of egregious writing errors. I nominate 'imagery, aquatic fauna' 108 for a passage seemingly designed to put the reader off the idea of oral sex . "Demon eel" and "creature of live slime"! Right wing educators take note.
  ritaer | Jan 20, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039915924X, Paperback)

Wretched writing is the lowest of the low; it is a felonious assault on the English language. Exuberantly excessive, it is a sin committed often by amateurs and all-too-frequently by gifted writers having an off day. In short, it’s very bad writing. Truly bad. Appallingly bad.

It’s also very funny.

A celebration of the worst writing imaginable, Wretched Writing includes inadvertently filthy book titles, ridiculously overwrought passages from novels, bombastic and confusing speeches, moronic oxymorons, hyperactive hyperbole, horribly inappropriate imagery in ostensibly hot sex scenes, mangled clichés, muddled metaphors, and unintended double entendres.

Sit back and enjoy these deliciously dreadful samples, and try not to cringe too much.

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"Wretched writing is the lowest of the low; it is a felonious assault on the English language. Exuberantly excessive, it is a sin committed often by amateurs and all-too-frequently by gifted writers having an off day. In short, it's very bad writing. Truly bad. Appallingly bad. It's also very funny. A celebration of the worst writing imaginable, Wretched Writing includes inadvertently filthy book titles, ridiculously overwrought passages from novels, bombastic and confusing speeches, moronic oxymorons, hyperactive hyperbole, horribly inappropriate imagery in ostensibly hot sex scenes, mangled cliche muddled metaphors, and unintended double entendres. Sit back and enjoy these deliciously dreadful samples, and try not to cringe too much"--… (more)

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