Friday, September 17, 2010

Their right: its time we had better spelling and gramar

The "Readings" section of my local newspaper just featured two guys who must share the same copy editing side of my brain: Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, authors of The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time.  I know not everyone in the world bristles at the improper use of an apostrophe or the wrong spelling of a word, but for a person who majored in English, briefly taught high schoolers, worked as a copy editor and proofreader, writes for a living, and was born under the sign of Virgo (we're perfectionists!), typos grate on my nerves like nails on a chalkboard.  We all make slips now and then--no one is perfect.  But when you hang up a sign for your business or send a note home to your students, a quick check of the old apostrophes would keep people like me from wanting to whip out our red correcting pens.

If you're also a person who believes in the "Typo Eradication Advancement League," definitely check out Deck and Herson's book and their website,, especially their Join the Hunt page.

And, yes, the title of this post was misspelled on purpose. If you find other typos, feel free to let me know immediately.


Ara Burklund said...

Ha! I think we're ruined forever, always doomed to lament incorrect usage and misspellings. Speaking of which, have you ever seen Mike Judge's movie IDIOCRACY? Every time I see a typo on a sign, I wonder if America is headed toward St. God's Hospital.

Cat Winters said...


You're right--I think we're ruined forever. When I worked at AP, my sister wouldn't send me letters because she worried I'd correct them.

Carrie said...

I still worry about that.

Cat Winters said...

There's no need to worry, Carrie. I won't attack you.

P.S. Thanks for having the guts to leave a comment. I didn't see any typos in it.