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Good! Grammar Vigilantes!
« on: August 22, 2008, 03:08:41 PM »

*bunghole*'s!

I remember seeing a video on these *8==>*heads earlier this year.  Either Yahoo or MSN.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008, 03:12:00 PM »

Typo vigilantes answer to letter of the law
http://www.azcentral.com/...80822grammarcops0822.html
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Two self-anointed "grammar vigilantes" who toured the nation removing typos from public signs have been banned from national parks after vandalizing a historic marker at the Grand Canyon.
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According to court records, Deck and Herson toured the United States from March to May, wiping out errors on government and private signs. On March 28, while at Desert View Watchtower on the South Rim, they used a white-out product and a permanent marker to deface a sign painted more than 60 years ago by artist Mary Colter. The sign, a National Historic Landmark, was considered unique and irreplaceable, according to Sandy Raynor, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix.
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An affidavit by National Park Service agent Christopher A. Smith says investigators learned of the vandalism from an Internet site operated by Deck on behalf of the Typo Eradication Advancement League, or TEAL. Smith identified four members, but only Deck and Herson faced charges.

According to the Internet posting, TEAL members agreed to "stamp out as many typos as we can find, in public signage and other venues where innocent eyes may be befouled by vile stains on the delicate fabric of our language."

Deck's diary account of the Grand Canyon incident was submitted as evidence in court. It says the two men climbed Desert View Watchtower while on holiday from their typo-enforcement duties "and discovered a hand-rendered sign inside that, I regret to report, had a few errors. I know today was supposed to be my day off from typo-hunting, but if I may be permitted to quote that most revered of android law enforcers, Inspector Gadget, 'Always on duty!' I can't shut it off. . . . Will we never be free from the shackles of apostrophic misunderstanding, even in a place surrounded by natural beauty?"

After correcting a misplaced apostrophe and comma, Deck reported, he was aghast to discover what he described as a made-up word: "emense."

"I was reluctant to disfigure the sign any further, so we had to let the other typo stand. Still, I think I shall be haunted by that perversity."
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008, 03:15:04 PM »

I'm seeing double
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2008, 03:15:11 PM »

Aaargh.  stroh's always two steps ahead of me  Angry
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2008, 03:15:49 PM »

LOL, I'm too slow. Chiclet
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008, 03:17:40 PM »

LOL, I'm too slow. Chiclet

 Sad  LOL  I was just thinking the same thing for me.  When I looked at the board.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2008, 03:19:17 PM »


Well to be fair, my titles and descriptions are vague, and I don't post a good synopsis they way dys. does.   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2008, 03:20:25 PM »

You beat me by 4 minutes.  This gives me a chance to try the "Merge Topic" feature.  I've ne'er tried that before.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2008, 03:22:07 PM »

You beat me by 4 minutes.  This gives me a chance to try the "Merge Topic" feature.  I've ne'er  tried that before.

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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2008, 03:22:44 PM »

You beat me by 4 minutes.  This gives me a chance to try the "Merge Topic" feature.  I've ne'er  tried that before.

This should make this thread even more confusing...
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2008, 03:26:18 PM »

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They were also ordered to pay $3,035 to repair the watchtower sign.

Does that seem excessive?
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2008, 03:52:20 PM »

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They were also ordered to pay $3,035 to repair the watchtower sign.

Does that seem excessive?

I'm guessing it was meant as a pseudo-class action judgement.  Considering they took it upon themselves to "morally deface" many others' personal property on their "trip" across country.
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008, 05:21:52 PM »

$5 says Clive was involved.  It has everything.  A grammatical Völkerwanderung + cross-continental testicle examination possibilities + a chance to finally settle his "am I a north or south rim kinda guy?" question. 
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2008, 09:25:06 PM »

Oddly, I just yesterday had a grammar "discussion" with our IT guy.  He was insistent, in his redneck manner, that it was correct to say, "My wife brought some food for Mark and I."  I introduced him to the concept of an object pronoun, objects of prepositions, and the dative case.  While I was making introductions, I threw in the distributive property -- namely, that the subject matter of the exemplary sentence properly may be broken out as "My wife brought some food for Mark" and "My wife brought some food for me, *8==>*head."

ObTopic: Deck and Herson are a couple of self-indulgent, mutually-masturbating wastes of orgasms.
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2008, 11:07:59 AM »

Oddly, I just yesterday had a grammar "discussion" with our IT guy.  He was insistent, in his redneck manner, that it was correct to say, "My wife brought some food for Mark and I."  I introduced him to the concept of an object pronoun, objects of prepositions, and the dative case.  While I was making introductions, I threw in the distributive property -- namely, that the subject matter of the exemplary sentence properly may be broken out as "My wife brought some food for Mark" and "My wife brought some food for me, *8==>*head."

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