The Great Typo Hunt tells the story of a road trip across the U.S. to on a mission to fix typos in signs of all kinds.
|Please, whatever the sign says, don't let your dogs smoke!|
In referring to signs they saw and corrected that have since been destroyed:
"Maybe the actual moment of noticing, of caring, is itself the important part, regardless of what may come after. An observation that speaks to much more than misspelled signage, but works as a poignant comment on the work and life as a whole."(page 87)
All in all I enjoyed this book. I found myself not noticing most errors upon my first glance and then mentally kicking myself once the authors pointed them out. They were obvious errors and by the end of the novel I was newly confused about the proper use of its/it's due to the abundance of misuse in the typos they found throughout their journey. When you look at a word long enough, even the correct ones start to appear, well, wrong.
The humour, whether wry, or stemming from confusion or plain frustration, was a welcome light in this grammatical landscape. Responses largely fell into three categories: defensive, helpful and apathetic What I enjoyed most, surprisingly to me, were the many discussions concerning the genesis and impact of both typos and their corrections.
Their blog features details about their typo eradication missions and invites submissions from the public who have found their own examples typos. Here are a few: