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The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time

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The Great Typo Hunt is the hilarious tale of the adventures and misadventures encountered on a quixotic cross-country trek to correct grammar and spelling mistakes. Over-the-top heroic tone and witty wordplay make this book endlessly amusing, without detracting from the larger point the authors make about the importance of clear and coherent communication. An overall fun read that will change the way you look at typos.
Recommended by Jenny O., Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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Publisher Comments:

The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.

The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear.  Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization… and only he could wield the marker to defeat them.

Recruiting his friend Benjamin and other valiant companions, he created the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Armed with markers, chalk, and correction fluid, they circumnavigated America, righting the glaring errors displayed in grocery stores, museums, malls, restaurants, mini-golf courses, beaches, and even a national park. Jeff and Benjamin championed the cause of clear communication, blogging about their adventures transforming horor into horror, it’s into its, and coconunut into coconut.

But at the Grand Canyon, they took one correction too far: fixing the bad grammar in a fake Native American watchtower.  The government charged them with defacing federal property  and summoned them to court—with a typo-ridden complaint that claimed that they had violated “criminal statues.” Now the press turned these paragons of punctuation into “grammar vigilantes,” airing errors about their errant errand.

The radiant dream of TEAL would not fade, though.   Beneath all those misspelled words and mislaid apostrophes, Jeff and Benjamin unearthed deeper dilemmas about education, race, history, and how we communicate. Ultimately their typo-hunting journey tells a larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language and literacy—and the importance of always taking a second look.

Review:

"The Great Typo Hunt, where editor meets road trip, is entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking, and one that any lover of language, travel — or both — will probably enjoy." The Boston Globe

Review:

"[A]n illuminating hybrid of travelogue, English usage textbook and sociological experiment." Washington Post

Review:

"[C]omplete with breezy writing, mock superhero prologues, and a serious mission to return phonics and proofreading to places of honor." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Part classic road-trip narrative, buddy-love saga and state-of-the-nation survey, it's also an adventure thriller for grammar fiends, travel porn for copy editors and other enforcers of linguistic propriety." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"[B]reezy and fun....most interesting when it delves into issues of class and race...and in its discussion of the plasticity of the English language." Salon.com

Synopsis:

Deck and Herson deliver a wildly entertaining narrative based on their typo-hunting journey across America that tells the larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language--and of taking a second look.

Synopsis:

The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.

 

The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear.  Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization… and only he could wield the marker to defeat them.

 

Recruiting his friend Benjamin and other valiant companions, he created the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Armed with markers, chalk, and correction fluid, they circumnavigated America, righting the glaring errors displayed in grocery stores, museums, malls, restaurants, mini-golf courses, beaches, and even a national park. Jeff and Benjamin championed the cause of clear communication, blogging about their adventures transforming horor into horror, it’s into its, and coconunut into coconut.

 

But at the Grand Canyon, they took one correction too far: fixing the bad grammar in a fake Native American watchtower.  The government charged them with defacing federal property  and summoned them to court—with a typo-ridden complaint that claimed that they had violated “criminal statues.” Now the press turned these paragons of punctuation into “grammar vigilantes,” airing errors about their errant errand..

 

The radiant dream of TEAL would not fade, though.   Beneath all those misspelled words and mislaid apostrophes, Jeff and Benjamin unearthed deeper dilemmas about education, race, history, and how we communicate. Ultimately their typo-hunting journey tells a larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language and literacy—and the importance of always taking a second look.

About the Author

Jeff Deck has worked in Washington, D.C., and Boston as an editor. He enjoys speculative fiction books and role-playing games, as well as drawing comics. He grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, and now lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with his girlfriend, Jane. They have zero cats.

Benjamin D. Hersongrew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and lived in the D.C. area for seven years. He now lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with his symbiont, Jenny; they are happily unmarried to each other. They work at rival bookstores, read a lot, and have zero cats. He is also an Eagle Scout and a fan of science fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307591074
Author:
Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
Publisher:
Harmony
Author:
Deck, Jeff
Author:
Herson, Benjamin D.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.72x5.80x1.00 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Harmony - English 9780307591074 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Great Typo Hunt is the hilarious tale of the adventures and misadventures encountered on a quixotic cross-country trek to correct grammar and spelling mistakes. Over-the-top heroic tone and witty wordplay make this book endlessly amusing, without detracting from the larger point the authors make about the importance of clear and coherent communication. An overall fun read that will change the way you look at typos.

"Review" by , "The Great Typo Hunt, where editor meets road trip, is entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking, and one that any lover of language, travel — or both — will probably enjoy."
"Review" by , "[A]n illuminating hybrid of travelogue, English usage textbook and sociological experiment."
"Review" by , "[C]omplete with breezy writing, mock superhero prologues, and a serious mission to return phonics and proofreading to places of honor."
"Review" by , "Part classic road-trip narrative, buddy-love saga and state-of-the-nation survey, it's also an adventure thriller for grammar fiends, travel porn for copy editors and other enforcers of linguistic propriety."
"Review" by , "[B]reezy and fun....most interesting when it delves into issues of class and race...and in its discussion of the plasticity of the English language."
"Synopsis" by , Deck and Herson deliver a wildly entertaining narrative based on their typo-hunting journey across America that tells the larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language--and of taking a second look.
"Synopsis" by , The signs of the times are missing apostrophes.

 

The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear.  Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization… and only he could wield the marker to defeat them.

 

Recruiting his friend Benjamin and other valiant companions, he created the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Armed with markers, chalk, and correction fluid, they circumnavigated America, righting the glaring errors displayed in grocery stores, museums, malls, restaurants, mini-golf courses, beaches, and even a national park. Jeff and Benjamin championed the cause of clear communication, blogging about their adventures transforming horor into horror, it’s into its, and coconunut into coconut.

 

But at the Grand Canyon, they took one correction too far: fixing the bad grammar in a fake Native American watchtower.  The government charged them with defacing federal property  and summoned them to court—with a typo-ridden complaint that claimed that they had violated “criminal statues.” Now the press turned these paragons of punctuation into “grammar vigilantes,” airing errors about their errant errand..

 

The radiant dream of TEAL would not fade, though.   Beneath all those misspelled words and mislaid apostrophes, Jeff and Benjamin unearthed deeper dilemmas about education, race, history, and how we communicate. Ultimately their typo-hunting journey tells a larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language and literacy—and the importance of always taking a second look.

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