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Bad warning signs writers beware: The typo vigilantes are here

24th August 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

An American team are waging war on the problem blighting the world of warning signs – misspellings and bad grammar.

Sick of seeing 'dinning' instead of 'dining' and 'shiping' in place of 'shipping', Jeff Deck and Benjamin D Herson embarked on the three-month trek across America, leaving a string of corrected signs in their wake, Reuters reports.

Calling themselves the Typo Eradication Advancement League, the men gathered up an army of tools and, with common sense and good spelling in mind, set about correcting any spelling and grammatical errors they saw on the way.

And they have written a book about their experience. Mr Deck said The Great Typo Hunt aims to highlight both problems in education standards and poor attention to detail.

"If you put a bunch of typos out for the world to see, people might draw conclusions about attention to detail in other matters," he told the news provider.

Bad warning signs are a source of amusement for many, but the League's quest clearly has a serious aim. The dangers of poorly-written signage can include misunderstandings, which could pose serious safety risks.


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