Welcome to Funny English Errors!

Welcome To The Funny English Errors Hub

Funny English Errors (the website) finds, collects, and celebrates the funny English mistakes we read, hear, and say everyday. Currently undergoing redevelopment, this website will become the hub for Funny English Errors' social media channels, including:

Why Funny English Errors?

Funny English ErrorsThe humour of mistakes — of other people's blunders — has a long history. Many peoples in many places have enjoyed the unconscious humour of blunders, from ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Middle Ages, to the 21st century. Within this tradition, collections and compilations of English language bloopers have been hugely popular.

For example, blooper books have topped the bestseller lists across the decades (such as Cecil Hunt's books of "Howlers" in the 1920s and 30s and, more recently, Richard Lederer's blooper books). Perhaps human nature is much the same in all times and in all places? Part of the mission of this website is to find out. Importantly, this website doesn't poke fun at anyone — not even the makers of the funny English errors. Often, the maker of the "error" accidentally reveals an insight. In any case, if we're laughing at anything, we're laughing at the English language itself — its foibles and the ease by which it's possible for even native English speakers to get English wrong.

Although the chief aim of this Page is to entertain, it has a bonus function: to educate. A lot of the time, in order to understand the humour of an English blooper, one needs to have a good working vocabulary and good general knowledge. Thus, reading and sharing funny English errors provides an extra, fun incentive for improving your vocabulary.

How Did Funny English Errors Start?

Funny English Errors has a curious history. The Funny English Errors Facebook Page has become popular — hugely popular — almost by accident. Originally, Funny English Errors (the website) was established to promote Troy Simpson's popular book Funny English Errors and Insights: Illustrated (2010), published by the National Library of Australia. In 2012, that book entered its second print run (quite a rare feat for a National Library publication).

Following the popularity of Funny English Errors (the book), Troy compiled a de-facto sequel called The Funny Dictionary (2012). The Funny Dictionary is still available as a PDF eBook for just $6.95.

But Funny English Errors (the Facebook Page) has taken a life of its own, independently of the two books it was originally intended to promote. In January 2014, the Page reached 1 million Facebook Fans. A Fan Page with such a large fan base provides a fantastic opportunity — to learn from each other, to laugh with each other, and to support each other improve our English.

Who's Behind Funny English Errors?

Author Troy Simpson runs Funny English Errors (with a little help from his friends), in his spare time. A first-class-honours law graduate, Troy has written and co-written several highly acclaimed published works. Those published works include a celebrated encyclopaedic entry on “humour”. Troy also co-managed a popular website on improving English skills called English Language Skills — another website with thousands of Facebook Fans.


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News and Updates

1 Jan 14: Funny English Errors Facebook Fan Page reaches 1 million followers

3 May 13: "Sister" book, The Funny Dictionary, now available as an e-book. Buy here for just $6.95.

9 Sep 11: Funny English author, Troy Simpson, to give Author Talk, 15 Sept 11 (updated: SOLD OUT)

27 April 11: Funny English is the National Library Bookshop's No 1 Bestseller for Autumn 2011! Order your copy while stocks last

11 Jan 11: Read the review of Funny English in Teacher: The National Education Magazine here.

21 Dec 10: A video of the launch of Funny English is now available

11 Dec 10: Author of Funny English attends book signing at Borders

21 Nov 10: Funny English is featured on ABC Radio's Tuesday Morning Book Club

19 Nov 10: Funny English moves up into Borders' Top 10 Bestseller List in Humour & Gifts

13 Nov 10: Funny English makes Borders' Top 20 Bestseller List in Humour & Gifts

8 Nov 10: Funny English debuts in the National Library's bestseller list for October at number 3

4 Nov 10: Funny English receives positive review by The Canberra Times. Read the review here.

31 Oct 10: Funny English is available from Borders' Christmas Catalogue under "Hot Gifts for Everyone"

18 Oct 10: Funny English moves up from 9th to 8th in NewSouthBooks' Top 10 Bestsellers — in all categories

13 Oct 10: Funny English is most "Liked" book in Humour at Borders

8 Oct 10: Funny English moves up NewSouthBooks' Top 10 Bestsellers — in all categories

6 Oct '10: Author of Funny English interviewed by Carol Duncan on ABC radio Newcastle/Sydney

4 Oct '10: Funny English enters Top 5 Bestseller List in Humour for Borders

4 Oct '10: Author of Funny English interviewed by Ross Solly on ABC radio Canberra

2 Oct '10: Funny English enters Top 10 Bestseller List for NewSouthBooks

1 Oct '10: Funny English is top pre-order in Humour for Borders

1 Oct '10: Funny English appears in bookstores