Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lynne Truss Made Me Do It, Your Honor

Two vigilante defenders of the English language paid a legal price for their crusade against improper punctuation. Jeff Deck, of Somerville, Mass., and Benjamin Herson, of Virginia Beach, were sentenced to probation for "correcting" the punctuation on a sign in Grand Canyon National Park. Unfortunately the sign was itself historic, having been hand-painted in the 1930s by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who designed the park's Desert View Watchtower. Deck's own website on behalf of the Typo Eradication Advancement League, which chronicled the crusade, tipped off the Park Rangers to the "damage," but the site currently lies empty, save for a promise of a statement on the incident.

C's take on the matter: "It is better to die on your feet than to punctuate on your knees!"



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