Patt Morrison for September 23, 2010

The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time

Mercer 10578

Crown Publishing Group

The book chronicles the authors' encounters with over four hundred errors and their attempts to right some two hundred wrongs, a quest that, in one instance, got them in trouble with the law.

Whats you’re favorite chocolate desert? I love that restauraunt! If the previous statements didn’t anger you, than maybe a Typo Correction Kit is your ticket to proper grammer… uh, grammar. We see them everyday: misspelled words, unnecessary apostrophes, and verb confusion. While some typos may be small (Congradulations!), there are some that are just plain sad, such as the typo by a NASA programmer that resulted in the Mariner 1 plunging into the ocean, rather than traveling to Venus. Most people aren’t fazed by these errors, but to Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, these common typos are cause for great concern, prompting them to set out on a mission to find and correct these errors. The Great Typo Hunt chronicles their encounters with over four hundred errors and their attempts to right some two hundred wrongs, a quest that, in one instance, got them in trouble with the law. Why do we make these mistakes? Poor education, language barriers, or just plain old carelessness? And really, do we care enough to watch what we write?
(FYI: all typos are intentional. Really.)

*Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson will be reading and signing their book tomorrow night at Vroman’s Bookstore at 7 p.m.

Guests:

Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson, co-authors of The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time; founders of TEAL, the Typo Eradication Advancement league


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