Random Thursday: Banned Book Woes, Punctuation Pros, and Yoda Toes

Random Thursday (ˈrandəm ˈTHərzdā): the day on which Sarah plunks down all the odd bits and pieces she’s been sent by friends or has otherwise stumbled upon this week in an effort to avoid writing a real post, the assembly of which usually ends up taking twice as much time as sitting down and creating actual content.

Y’all sent me a lot of grammar and punctuation stuff this week.  I’m trying not to take it personally.

It’s also National Banned Book Week.  I do take that personally.

Throw in a little random Yoda, and it must be Thursday . . .


Grammatical Art

Winky Faces by Grammatical Art

Grammatical Art over at etsy sells a variety of clever odes to our favorite punctuation marks
in a vast selection of rich colors.

They have science-themed prints as well, which pretty much confirms their spot on my
New Favorite Online Shop List.

If you have limited wall space, they have tee-shirts, too.

Remember: Grammatically Correct Owl says, “Whom.”

Mapping Censorship
This interactive map—or rather the interactive map from which I took this screenshot, as I couldn’t get the ruddy thing to embed—was a joint project of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Mapping Censorship
It was created by mapping challenges and bannings documented by the American Library Association and the Kids’ Right to Read Project.
The ALA is now maintaining it.
Click the screenshot to see which books are getting people’s knickers in a twist and which of the small percentage of challenges and bannings have been reported.
Most aren’t reported—they just happen.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?


For Dummies, Grammar Is

For Dummies Grammar is

Yoda toes!


Censored Underpants FTW!

Dav Pilkey, the Creator of Captain Underpants, has something to say about Censorship.

Here ’tis:

I completely agree with Mr. Pilkey.

You are welcome to monitor your own child’s reading habits. You should, actually, because kids have questions and little skill in evaluating their information sources, and you want to be ready to explain anything that troubles them in ways that don’t have them going to their equally confused friends for answers.

Or, heaven help us, the Interwebz.

But your control over what children read stops at your children. You don’t get to control the reading choices of other people’s children. You don’t judge the parents of a child who is reading something you wouldn’t let your children read, either.

And if you see an seven-year old reading Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers*and want to know where on earth her mother is?

I’m at the library, finding a copy for your kid.

Where are you?


Alot by nerdylittlestitcher
Add nerdylittlestitcher to that list.
And not just because I’ll be repeating “afalafel” to myself all day, and giggling.

Try it—it’s fun.


Borgian Punctuation

The clashing subtitles are annoying, but Victor Borge is totally worth it.


*Actually, she’s reading Mommy Laid an Egg, and learning where babies really come from.  I have no intention of becoming a grandmother before I retire and education is the key to that goal.


12 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Banned Book Woes, Punctuation Pros, and Yoda Toes

  1. We had a mandatory meeting yesterday on planning for the future of the library. One of the main topics of discussion was educating patrons regarding the quality (or lack thereof) of internet resources.
    The only book I wanted to read that I was ever discouraged from reading was ‘The Exorcist’. I was in the 4th grade.

    • Good luck with that, Dee! We can’t get ours to trust our signage. 🙂

      Mom signed for me to get an adult library card when I was eight, because I wanted to read Mommy Dearest. My friends say this explains a lot. But at least it doesn’t explain alot. 😉

  2. Think I’ll stick to my periodic grammatical rants. I do, however, want to start a campaign bringing attention to, and an end to, apostrophe abuse. I don’t know how much longer I will be able to get away with yelling at my emails at work. Someone might notice…

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