Tuesday, August 26, 2008

When correcting typos is a felony

Weddingbands Corrected According to this article in the New York Times, "two self-styled vigilantes against typos" have been touring the United States this past year correcting errors on government and private signs.  (Read more about their exploits here).  Their "crime spree" finally came to an end when they were arrested for correcting an erroneous apostrophe and adding a comma, among other edits, to a hand-painted, vintage sign in Grand Canyon National Park.   The duo, whom the Chicago Tribune called "a pair of Kerouacs armed with Sharpies and erasers and righteous indignation" pleaded guilty and were sentenced to one year probation during which they are forbidden to enter any national park or edit public signs.  Until recently, you could read about these typo 'freedom-fighters" on their website called the Typo Eradication Advancement League but alas, it seems that someone or some "thing" has taken the proverbial Whiteout brush to that website as well according to this report.  Is nothing sacred?

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Last year, for extra credit, my students snapped photos of "bad signs." The student who took this photo of the window of a local jewelry store said she had been bothered by it "for years!" I added the wished-for corrections to her photo, not to the sign itself.

Posted by: Coleen Barger | Aug 26, 2008 2:14:54 PM

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