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The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Boston Globe Bestseller
"[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
"[A]n illuminating hybrid of travelogue, English usage textbook and sociological experiment."
"[C]omplete with breezy writing, mock superhero prologues, and a serious mission to return phonics and proofreading to places of honor."
—Christian Science Monitor
"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."
"Deck and Herson show the reader that adventures in language needn’t be limited to the computer screen or printed page. In their view, the real excitement’s out there on the open road, and they want you to share it."
"[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."
“This pair of kooks, with their high standards and principled civil disobedience, give me hope for the future of humanity.”
—Steven Pinker, Harvard College professor, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct and The Stuff of Thought
“A compelling read! Deck and Herson have brilliantly combined the exploratory curiosity of the travel writer, the human interest of the story-teller, and the explanatory detail of the language specialist into an original, humorous, and engaging narrative. Anyone interested in language standards, attitudes, and education should read this enticing book.”
—David Crystal, author of Just a Phrase I'm Going Through and By Hook or By Crook: a Journey in Search of English
“Only Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson could make the complete decline of the English language so entertaining. It's heartening to accompany these two young men on their quixotic quest to identify and rehabilitate the typos, spellos, and prepostrophes that threaten to bring down civilization as we know it.”
—Richard Lederer, author of Anguished English
“With sly humor and pitch-perfect tone, Jeff and Benjamin take us on a hilarious ride in a '97 Sentra around the U.S.A. in search of malapropisms and misprints on everything from menus to marquees, bumpers to billboards. It's a spell-checker's On the Road, a Strunk & White Odyssey, a charming Travels with My Dictionary with two young men who start as linguists and end as friends.”
—Michael Malone, author of Handling Sin and The Four Corners of the Sky
“In this seriously funny--and seriously thoughtful--book, a simple typo hunt becomes something more: an investigation into the deeper mysteries of orthographical fallibility. To err is human; to correct, divine!”
—Patricia T. O'Conner, author of Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English
“A funny and obsessive adventure that any language lover will appreciate.”
—David Wolman, author of Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling
From the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
And it did, to some degree. The chapter or two when Deck would discuss issues including how spelling is taught in American schools, or how spelling does or does not relate to spoken language and how it all became codified through history, are pleasant to read - he sticks to the business and relates information in a friendly, clear way. But when back to his own travels - and worst, when writing about his girlfriend, alluding to the fact that they have sex, and insinuating that she only talks in baby-talk and pet names - his self-mythologizing over-writing is just way too much to take.
The answer: "Typo hunting was the good that I, Jeff Deck, was uniquely suited to visit upon society.Read more ›
Editor Jeff Deck and friends form the Typo Eradication Advancement League to counter their dismay with poorly written signs. It's hard not to go through a day without spotting a "Its 2 for 1 day!" or "Serving capuchino" sign, right? Bad grammar and spellings abound. TEAL takes matters--and letters--into its own hands. Deck and friends pile into his car and do the great American highway loop, stopping now and then in unsuspecting towns to avenge the cause of proper English. Armed with a set of correcting tools, they wage war on extraneous apostrophes and missing silent e's.
Truth is, the idea is more winsome than the execution. Something of a meditation on language, communication, and societal conventions, _The Great Typo Hunt_ lives or dies on its ability to find profundity in the common.
Despite my work as a writer and editor, I had a difficult time connecting with the book. Perhaps I'm just a Baby Boomer geezer, but the protagonists came off as Ivy League slackers who need to snap out of whatever reverie they've plummeted into. For that reason, connecting with the protagonists of this real life story never happened for me. While I thought their basic premise for action had merit, more than once I wanted to give them a good thrashing and tell them to get a life and stop gazing at society's navel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The premise is fun and the story is engaging. The writing is a bit clunky at times, and the grammar less at the end doesn't add much. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nancy Gaston
Jeff Deck is a member of what some sarcastically call the "Grammar Police," although in Deck's case publicly misspelled words seem to bother him even more than grammar... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sam Sattler
Merriam-Webster definition of a pedant:
a : one who makes a show of knowledge
b : one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use... Read more
These jerks went so far as to deface a historical landmark at the Grand Canyon in 2008. They were fined around $3,000 and forbidden from visiting national parks for a year. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brian K. Peterson
Better than I expected, this was the story of how a lamebrained scheme to correct typos on a road trip turned into a serious investigation into why so few people can spell or... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eileen McHenry
Great read. Funny, and it addressed one of my pet peeves when I am reading. So many folks just didn't pay attention to spelling and grammar in school.Published 21 months ago by K. McCabe
Boring, tedious. There are even a couple of grammatical errors in this book!Published 23 months ago by Mary Em