Typo personalities

Typo personalities

There are 84 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 21, 2008, titled Typo personalities. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

J eff Deck and Benjamin Herson have not wasted their lives. They fight a losing battle, an unyielding tide of misplaced apostrophes and poor spelling.

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Dave Stanley

Waverly, IA

#1 May 21, 2008
I really like this sentence.

"They climbed the stairs to the second floor and approached a middle-age women with a quizzical expression."


#3 May 21, 2008
My favorite typo is a neon (read permanent) sign on a beauty salon on Cermak Road in Westchester. It reads "Illussions of Beauty." Why don't sign makers have someone on staff who can spell?
I'd actually do it for free.

Chicago, IL

#4 May 21, 2008
The typo that bugs me the most is the one at my local bowling alley that reads "Ladie's Room".

United States

#5 May 21, 2008
Will they approach ad companies and newspapers that use the tic mark rather than apostrophe? Proper use of punctuation is important too.


United States

#6 May 21, 2008
These guys are my heroes and I am completely serious. I wish more people would care that much about spelling and grammar!
The Q

Melrose Park, IL

#7 May 21, 2008
Love the story and the fact that the word "just" was misspelled. Good luck to these guys.

United States

#8 May 21, 2008
I've seriously contemplated mailing corrected carry-out menus anonymously. It drives me nuts!

Midlothian, IL

#9 May 21, 2008
I'm pretty sure your article has a misused apostrophe. The last phrase in the first paragraph should read "Because they must." No comma needed.

Other than that, loved the article and love these guys. Heroes after my own former-English-teacher/always- a-typo-vigilante self.
Kathryne Smith

Chicago, IL

#10 May 21, 2008
Thank heaven! I'm sick to death of incorrect punctuation, misspelled words and bad grammar EVERYWHERE. These guys deserve a medal!
pablo cruise

United States

#11 May 21, 2008

Mason, MI

#12 May 21, 2008
I am sooooo thankful for people such as these these. Now they need to go to EVERY store with signs that read "(X) items or less." The sign should be "(X) or FEWER items." The correct word for a sign such as this is

Chicago, IL

#13 May 21, 2008
I applaud their efforts! These days, in our society, proper grammar is difficult to find.

Chicago, IL

#14 May 21, 2008
You have a typo in your very own article on this subject: "So they approach a cafe, a shoe store, a visitors center." You have put no apostrophe in visitors' center.

This is amusing, but I doubt that you did it on purpose.
AmySingerSongwri terSLP

Brooklyn, NY

#15 May 21, 2008
I am so happy that there are people in this world who share my vision of peace, happiness, and proper grammar!!! I've had the desire to do the same thing you guys do! Do either of you care to crusade with me, plow through the ubiquitous errors on My Space, and teach the world right from wrong?! Hahaha!

Chicago, IL

#16 May 21, 2008
If you ever need a place to land in Rogers Park, we are your Big Grammar Family. It's good to know that someone coming up behind us.... 20 and 30 somethings give a d*mn.....

Lahore, Pakistan

#17 May 22, 2008
JUST isn't misspelled, it's the sign that JUTS over the sidewalk!!

Boca Raton, FL

#18 May 22, 2008
Hey guys, come to South Florida. Even our highway department can't get the spelling and punctuation proper on their signs. Try going to Miami (if you can find any signs in English) and check out the way they destroy the English language.
Thank you

Phoenix, AZ

#19 May 22, 2008
I'm glad someone is fighting the dumbing down of America. My biggest pet peeve is "low prices everyday." If something occurs every single day, it's "every day." If you're using the word as an adjective, it's "everyday," as in "everyday hero." Advertisers make this mistake way too often.

Itasca, IL

#20 May 22, 2008
This isnít a typo, but I liked the sign that was in my old neighborhood for Austin Snack Shop... Parking for A S S in the rear..
Regarding the article, I understand the importance of proper grammar, but I also agree that mis spellings add some variety to the neighborhood. I also understand why the one gentleman didnít want to give them a ladder, its not that he didnít care, he was probably worried about being sued if the guy fell, or maybe it was a union sign...
One of my favorites is an old sign by Higgins and Austin, where there is a dry cleaner with a sign that has the same letters missing since I was 10- back in 1978
Good Stuff

Madison, WI

#21 May 22, 2008
I love this story! Love those guys...I hope they're hot on the trail of those who cannot distinguish between "LOOSE" and "LOSE." It makes me nuts, but more and more people use LOOSE.

Maybe they don't know there's a word, "LOSE"?

There was a horrible but necessary book we had to plow through in high school, "Word Power Made Easy."

I nearly LOOSED my mind studying that book, but it was worth it in the long run.

Good luck, Typo Guys!

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