Monday, March 31, 2008

Heigh-ho, White-out, away!

I've always dreamed of becoming a vigilante, correcting wrongs and making things right. I would call myself the Masked Editor, and would attack public signs everywhere, stripping away misplaced apostrophes and telling the motel owners up the road that, no, there are not two 'i's in Jacuzzi. I've even created a novel character that fulfills my dream, making the world a better place to read.

Now I discover that someone has actually stepped up and pulled on the thong of truthiness: the Typo Eradication Advancement League is currently cruising the nation, fixing bad grammar and spelling on signs throughout the country, and saving countless writers and English teachers from daily brain aneurysms. The league of four team members post their successes--and failures--on their blog, and the founding member, Jeff Deck, was featured recently on NPR.

While the windmills may be too many to conquer, I'm glad to see a few wily Quixotes out there, living the dream and ticking off business owners across this great land.


Melanie Hooyenga said...

That's too cool! There's a sign here - must be 20 feet across - that says One Dollar Shop's in foot tall letters. Makes me want to scream!

the Bag Lady said...

Someone sent the Bag Lady a photo of a sign in town that had an arrow pointing to a parking lot. The sign said "PUBIC PARKING".
Should have kept the photo. Never did find the sign, so have to keep my pubic moving....