Mighty Red Pen

October 27, 2011

To a tee

Filed under: Perilous punctuation,Spellbound,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:54 pm

Okay, so they’re talking about snow (!) here in the Northeast, so it’s a little hard for me to imagine when it’ll be warm enough to sport one of these awesome word nerd t-shirts, but maybe it’s something to look forward to, right?

There’s this one:

Or this one:

H/t to Emily and MysticalYeti. Of course, if neither of these shirts appeal to you, you can always visit the Arrant Pedantry t-shirt store.


August 29, 2011

Keeping the streets safe from bad grammar and punctuation

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe,Mad marketing,Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 6:37 pm
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Well, you might have heard we had a bit of weather up here in the Northeast U.S. in the form of a visit from our (now dearly departed) friend Irene. As a farewell party favor, she left La Casa de MRP without power for a bit over a day. It’s amazing to realize how not dark what passes for darkness actually is.

In any case, of the things that happened today, among the best were the turning back on of the power (yay, warm showers!) and the arrival of my Old Navy now-limited-edition “Lets Go” typo tee. Ta da!

As you may have heard, these tees have now been recalled and will be reprinted, so unfortunately, if you did not grab one while the grabbing was good, they are all gone. H/t to @Stefaniya for noting that Old Navy now has this notice on their site thanking the “Grammar Police” for pointing out the error:

If we’ve learned nothing else from this experience, I think it could be that a good proofreading by a member of the Grammar Police Squad can save one a boatload of cash. To protect and serve, my friends. To protect and serve.

August 1, 2011

Uniform for the fashionable grammar soldier

Filed under: Word wars — mighty red pen @ 7:18 pm
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Although the blog Arrant Pedantry is more generally known for its word-related gems, it is also bringing us several sartorial gems in the form of these t-shirts for word nerds. What else can I say but I wants it!?

Here is the t-shirt Stet Wars.

And the t-shirt Battlestar Grammatica.

These are great for those days when it seems as though correcting even a simple misplaced comma or dangling modifier is just an uphill battle. Which can be, you know, pretty much every day.

H/t Copy Curmudgeon.

February 13, 2011

Be the change

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:51 pm
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I’m sure it’s not the kind of change Gandhi (see this post from Language Log about misspelling the name) had in mind.

But somewhere, a proofreader failed to make the changes we wish to see in the world.

January 28, 2011

Single white t-shirt seeks your love

Filed under: Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 3:03 pm
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Speaking of misspelled t-shirts, check out this little tidbit spotted at the Hairpin.

I’m sure this t-shirt’s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, but I would be willing to bet cash money that not one of them is a word nerd (unless it’s a word nerd with a strong sense of irony).

H/t to the cinetrix.

June 29, 2010

Wascally Waskolnikov

Filed under: Lit review,Overseen — mighty red pen @ 7:28 pm
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With the end of the school year come thank-you gifts for teachers. Even Mister MRP, a high school teacher, gets a few from his students, usually in the form of gift cards or sweet treats. But the most fun are the gifts that come with the theme, “Appropriate for English Teachers.” This year, a t-shirt:

What would Raskolnikov do? I wish I knew the answer.

February 14, 2010

Literature and passion were always the fashion

Filed under: Lit review — mighty red pen @ 4:35 pm

Books may go out of print, but they never go out of style. That’s what the folks at Out of Print Clothing want to make sure you never forget.

Sad about the recent passing of J.D. Salinger? You want to make sure people know you revere The Catcher in the Rye as a great American masterpiece? Then check this out:

Or maybe (like someone we know) you are a big Sherlock Holmes fan (not naming any names, but the initials are Mighty Red Pen), and commemorating the works of Arthur Conan Doyle is your bag:

Then you’ll want to check out Out of Print Clothing for these and others, including Moby-Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, and On the Road. (Right now they only have men’s styles, but they say the ladies’ tees are coming.) According to their website:

Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our shirts feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art.

How we read is changing as we move further into the digital age. It’s unclear what the role of the book cover will be in this new era, but we feel it’s more important than ever to reflect on our own individual experiences with great literary art before it’s forever changed.

As an added bonus, they say they donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit a program that advances literacy in Africa.

H/t to Fritinancy.

April 2, 2009

Wherefore art thou, homies?

Filed under: Lit review — mighty red pen @ 6:40 pm
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Hat tip Neatorama and Mike Jacobsen.

February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Overseen — mighty red pen @ 7:58 pm
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Because there is a lid for every pot, I suppose. Even the ones that love Comic Sans.


Hat tip to Veer and Today In Awesome.

January 19, 2009

Dress for success

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe,Grammar goddess — mighty red pen @ 7:37 pm
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Because word nerd t-shirts never go out of style. Here’s a pair from Toothpaste for Dinner.


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