The Great Typo Hunt

The Great Typo Hunt

Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at A Time

Book - 2010
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An account of the authors' haphazard cross-country effort to correct spelling and punctuation errors displayed on public signs relates how they discovered underlying truths about America's educational history and racial heritage.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2010
ISBN: 9780307591074
Branch Call Number: 302.2244 DEC
Characteristics: x, 269 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Herson, Benjamin D.

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taffystay
Jul 02, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect when I checked out this book. After all, how much can you say about the typos that you find around the country? Yet the authors expanded on their quest by introducing the people with whom they interacted, and also had plenty of insightful thoughts sparked by their interactions and adventures. The weakness of the book was that some of the sections were drawn out and included pointless details, but otherwise, this was a fun, easy read.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 28, 2011

I think my favorite thing about this book may be that I didn’t find a single typo in it (though how ironic would it be if I had?). I often feel our country's written correspondence is suffering from an increasing “dumbing down,” so it was refreshing to read about people who not only care about our language, but are doing what they can to inform and educate. The quote I parsed from Benjamin doesn't do him and Jeff justice. They're not grammar Nazis, just two guys trying to make a difference.

Okay, I have to confess. I re-read my entry multiple times before posting—just in case I have a typo. :)

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Bewlay
Feb 03, 2011

Couldn't muster the interest to finish this book. "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss is a lot more fun to read if you're into eradicating typos.

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