“Two self-anointed grammar vigilantes who toured the nation removing typos from public signs have been banned from national parks after vandalizing a historic marker at the Grand Canyon…In addition to being banned from national parks for a year, the defendants, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to vandalize government property, are banned from modifying any public signs. They also must pay $3,035 to repair the Grand Canyon sign.”
… It all started harmlessly enough. TEAL members Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson “discovered a hand-rendered fiberboard sign with yellow lettering with a black background,” Deck wrote in the TEAL blog—which has been shut down as part of the plea agreement—and “used a marker to cover an erroneous apostrophe, put the apostrophe in its proper place with white-out and added a comma.”
… Additionally, AP reported, “The misspelled word ‘emense’ was not fixed, Deck wrote, because he “was reluctant to disfigure the sign any further. … Still, I think I shall be haunted by that perversity, emense, in my train-whistle-blighted dreams tonight,” Deck wrote.
(from The Content Wranglers)
Sure, the editors broke the rules, but they did it intelligently, for the good of all who came after them. Isn’t that one of the core principles of our country, from the Boston Tea Party to Woody Guthrie?
“As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!”
The Feds should be chasing down whoever created that sign and locking them up for spreading bad grammar and spelling. Deck isn’t kidding when he says his dreams will be haunted by “that perversity, emense.” It’s now stuck in my head like a bad spelling earworm.
Maybe I should sue the government for my suffering.