Not many people carry around a ‘Typo Correction Kit’ — sharpies, white-out, chalk — but not many people are like Jeff Deck. In fact, I’d go so far as to say no one is like Jeff Deck. In a time when it seems like “it’s all been done”, there is a real challenge in coming up with unique ideas. Jeff — a magazine editor and creative writing major — went on a hunt with good friend Benjamin Herson to find America’s typos, one error at a time.
As reported at Kentucky.com, the pair traveled for two-and-a-half months around the US in a ’97 Nissan Sentra, fixing misspellings on signs. Their M.O. was to go into “text-dense” areas, such as urban and business thoroughfares, find incorrect signs by native English speakers, and ask permission to fix them. This is where the Typo Correction Kit would come in handy. The Human Spellchecker had this to say:
I started to plot out this national campaign for the greater good. It’s been easier for people to point and mock rather than make an honest effort to clean up the textual landscape.
He also stated that Sharpies are one of the most important peices in the kit; not just black ones, but all colors. Furthermore, he says, “most of these mistakes can be avoided if people just take a second look at their text before releasing it to the world. We’re trying to spread the gospel of proofreading.”
And he’s dead serious about it too. The friends have written a book titled The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time.
Jeff, if you’re reading, did you spot the typo in this report?
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