Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Public Punctuation and Outdoor Orthography

Thanks to Brian at Dad at the Chalkboard for finding and sharing this video.

Too much fun.

It's good fun for editors, writers, readers, teachers, English majors or those who just groan at typos and improper punctuation out in public.




And in a related bit of fun, go check out The Great Typo Hunt. Sadly, the tour skipped right over Utah (jumped from Colorado to Washington). They're on the West coast right now and will be working their way back East from Texas through Florida and then up the not-quite-East-coast.

Anyway, the basic idea of the book/tour is finding (and correcting) spelling errors in public. In other words...doing what many of us dream of doing when we see the horribly misspelled sign in a storefront or on a billboard.




4 comments:

Man of la Books said...

Great stuff. I've been reading several articles about these guys past few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

Brian Miller said...

haha. those are awesome...bad punctuation can get you in so much trouble...or so much fun...lol

Slamdunk said...

Wow, on the headstone even? Funny stuff with the apostrophe video.

Phoenix said...

As someone who grew up under the watchful eye of a professional editor for one of the biggest international newspapers around, I am a punctuation and grammar NAZI. There's nothing more embarrassing than when I realize I made a punctuation error due to tiredness or brain failure.

But kid's let's all remember:

"Let's eat Grandma!"
"Let's eat, Grandma!"

Punctuation saves lives.