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In her defense, Spellcheck wasn’t around 70 years ago

Posted by Lissa on August 26, 2008

From the Times Online:

The founders of the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) have been banned by a court from correcting any publicly owned signs after trying to correct one on the Desert View Watchtower that, for seven decades, has drawn attention to an “emense westward view of the Grand Canyon”. Oblivious to grammar, the prosecutors pronounced the sign “a unique historical object of irreplaceable value”.

In this case, I have to agree.  Once things are older than fifty, you leave them the hell alone.  (That goes for people too.)  Because truly, where would it stop?  Would TEAL campaign to right the Tower of Pisa?  Do we need to replace those missing chunks of the Colosseum?  IS NOTHING SACRED???

Actually, I was pretty tickled by the story.  I do think they should have left that particular sign alone, but I certainly sympathize with their intent.  Back when I worked at Dunkin Donuts, I had to restrain myself from going postal with my Sharpie about six times per shift.  (There’s only so much “RECEPTS” I can take!)

And if I ever become a teacher, I will have large red signs on every wall of the classroom that read, “NO MATTER WHAT YOU FIND IN THE DICTIONARY, ALOT IS NOT A WORD.”

(Related: Them spellin’ mistakes can be obscene, y’all.)

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