[typo] The Indiana Jones of typos

Alessandro Segalini's picture

Road Scholar Copyedits America

“ Some of the littlest things are big to Jeff Deck, who is traveling the country in search of mistakes. ‘I have always been aware of typos wherever I go,’ he said dryly. ‘I figured that it was a national problem.’ So far he has put 5,000 miles on his 1997 Nissan Sentra. Friends come along for a few weeks at a time. It's all documented on his website for The Typo Eradication Assistance League (Teal) :

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

That man is going to get himself arrested! :-)

blank's picture

I’m often tempted to design a portfolio of great menu designs and create a business card with the URL that I can leave behind for restaurant managers.

AGL's picture

Tell him not to look in here ;-)

pattyfab's picture

James, I've been tempted too, especially at the cute cafe near me that uses Zapf Chancery all caps for their menu.

blank's picture

Know what else would be great? A card explaining why, in fact, your logo does NOT look good set in Papyrus with a thick white stroke.

Don McCahill's picture

5,000 miles is not a great deal. Perhaps it is a typo, and he has really travelled 50,000.


iffy's picture

James - Perhaps make your card explaining why your logo should never be set in Papyrus, white stroke or not.

honk if you love the status quo

dtw's picture

...Pub I was at on Friday had laminated menus on all tables, in which they'd prominently mis-spelt their own email address. Something spellcheck won't pick up!

Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

Alessandro Segalini's picture

I ordered a HOR CHOCOLATE a couple of weeks ago.

dtw's picture

I've seen them advertised in the back of the local newspaper. LOL

Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

The Facilitatrix's picture

I had a lovely pork lion at a restaurant once. The sauce had quite a bite.

I heard about the Typo Eradication Assistance League a couple of weeks ago on NPR. I wanted to go along for the ride.

I can't help but spot typos in anything and everything I read. It's enough to make me stop reading a book, when I find too many typos.

But it's hilarious when businesses get their own phone numbers and email addresses wrong. When looking around for editing work, I've gotten return emails declining my services, even though their text is chock full o' typos.

By the way, I'm new to this site. Your forum gave me a great answer when I was looking for the right way to abbreviate "circa." I couldn't find the answer in my paper Chicago style manual, but your member oldnick could. Thanks and hello.


I know a lot about art, but I don't know what I like.

The Facilitatrix's picture

Sorry, when trying to adjust my signature, I ended up posting a second time. Whoops!

I know a lot about art, but I don't know what I like.

pjay's picture

Deck could render an ancillary service on his spelling-correction route by shooting the local TV newscasters who speak in gerunds.

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