The Great Typo Hunt

The Great Typo Hunt

Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at A Time

Book - 2010
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The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.
 
The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: "NO TRESSPASSING." In that moment, his greater purpose became clear.  Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization... and only he could wield the marker to defeat them.
 
Recruiting his friend Benjamin and other valiant companions, he created the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Armed with markers, chalk, and correction fluid, they circumnavigated America, righting the glaring errors displayed in grocery stores, museums, malls, restaurants, mini-golf courses, beaches, and even a national park. Jeff and Benjamin championed the cause of clear communication, blogging about their adventures transforming horor into horror , it's into its , and coconunut into coconut .
 
But at the Grand Canyon, they took one correction too far: fixing the bad grammar in a fake Native American watchtower.  The government charged them with defacing federal property  and summoned them to court--with a typo-ridden complaint that claimed that they had violated "criminal statues." Now the press turned these paragons of punctuation into "grammar vigilantes," airing errors about their errant errand..
 
The radiant dream of TEAL would not fade, though.   Beneath all those misspelled words and mislaid apostrophes, Jeff and Benjamin unearthed deeper dilemmas about education, race, history, and how we communicate. Ultimately their typo-hunting journey tells a larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language and literacy--and the importance of always taking a second look.
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307591074
0307591077
Characteristics: x, 269 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Herson, Benjamin D.

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taffystay
Jul 02, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect when I checked out this book. After all, how much can you say about the typos that you find around the country? Yet the authors expanded on their quest by introducing the people with whom they interacted, and also had plenty of insightful thoughts sparked by their interactions and adventures. The weakness of the book was that some of the sections were drawn out and included pointless details, but otherwise, this was a fun, easy read.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 28, 2011

I think my favorite thing about this book may be that I didn’t find a single typo in it (though how ironic would it be if I had?). I often feel our country's written correspondence is suffering from an increasing “dumbing down,” so it was refreshing to read about people who not only care about our language, but are doing what they can to inform and educate. The quote I parsed from Benjamin doesn't do him and Jeff justice. They're not grammar Nazis, just two guys trying to make a difference.

Okay, I have to confess. I re-read my entry multiple times before posting—just in case I have a typo. :)

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Bewlay
Feb 03, 2011

Couldn't muster the interest to finish this book. "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss is a lot more fun to read if you're into eradicating typos.

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