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August 22, 2008

Typo eradication advancement league

It sounds as if some people have been reading a little too much Lynne Truss. There's now the typo eradication advancement league (TEAL) whicg goes around correcting public signs which have grammatical or spelling mistakes on them.

It's and its, were and we're, that sort of thing....as well as the ghastly grocer's (or grocers' perhaps?) apostrophe. You know, people who write "we have tomato's" and so on.

There's a couple of other names possible formembers of the typo eradication advancement leagues as well: sad, sad people or grammar nazis.

More about them here:

It's a case of what Dave Chappelle would call "keeping it real gone wrong." In their zeal to rid the world of typos, a pair of asshats defaced a 60-year-old sign painted by architect Mary Colter.

Jeff Michael Deck of Somerville, and Benjamin Douglas Herson, of Virginia Beach, Va., members of the Typo Eradication Advancement League, or TEAL, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court of defacing the irreplaceable Grand Canyon sign, which had been a registered National Historic Landmark.

That is going a tad too far in one's zeal:

Cops say that Benjamin Douglas Herson of Virginia Beach and Jeff Michael Deck of Somerville, Massachusetts, took a trip around the world removing typographical errors from public signs.

Authorities found out that Herson and Deck altered the park's sign through the website Typo Eradication Advancement League.

Each man pleaded guilty in federal court in Flagstaff, Arizona, to conspiracy to vandalize government property. In addition to the ban, they must spend a year on probation and pay restitution.

Yup, way too far.

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