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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thursday To-Do: Jeff Deck

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Jeff Deck will speak at CALS Main Library Thursday evening pic
  • Jeff Deck will speak at CALS Main Library Thursday evening.

JEFF DECK
6:30 p.m. Main Library. Free.

If your the typo person who gets P-O'd at the site of misused homophones, missspelings, creative abbrev., stray apostrophe's, Mysterious Capitalizations, "enthusiastic" and "seemingly random" usage of "quotation marks," or other such abuses of written language, you will likely sympathize with author Jeff Deck.

In 2007, Deck and his colleague Benjamin D. Herson decided they had finally had enough with the typos, particularly on signs. So they embarked on a 10-week voyage across the country, armed with sharpies, correction fluid, dry erase markers and all other manner of materials, in order to right the wrongs found on as many signs as possible. They documented their journey and the result was "The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time," which was published in 2011. Copy editors, English teachers, militant grammarians and their sympathizers should get a kick out of the book.

Deck will give a presentation and sign books as well.

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