Puget Sound English Department

August 10, 2010

More on what to do with an English major

Filed under: Publishing,Uncategorized — ATH @ 8:07 am
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A recent story on NPR offers one option: freelance copy editor. Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson embarked on a cross-country quest to seek out and correct the most glaring and irksome of typos on public signage, a journey depicted in their book (The Great Typo Hunt, Crown, $23.99). Part travelogue and part light-hearted grammar lesson, the book tells their adventures with the most frequent, baffling, and egregious errors they encounter all across the nation–and of their efforts, often rewarded, occasionally thwarted, to correct them. The adventures of TEAL (Typo Eradication Advancement League) owe a certain debt, it’s true, to the comic-heroic example of Don Quixote, but as with any reflections on grammar and “correctness,” the light-hearted narrative inevitably demands, and provides, further consideration of the serious issues of educational access, literacy, and the class and social barriers policed along grammatical lines.

When good grammar and a yen for public service meet, who can stand in their way?

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