Monday, November 29, 2010



“Look closer and you’ll see that typos are a symptom of a larger problem. Taken as a whole, they can point to widespread misunderstanding about spelling and grammar, not to mention lagging education in language. Thirty million Americans are functionally illiterate; clearly our educational system has some catching up to do. Typos also have a negative impact on how people perceive you, making you seem careless or even incompetent.”
—Benjamin D. Herson,
co-author with Jeff Deck of The Great American Typo Hunt:
Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time
, 2010
(NPR story)
Photo captured by alert typo hunter Ashley Stolworthy.

Editorial Comment: Doesn’t he mean “incompatent”?

PeezPix: Snowhound below Mendon Peak.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if text speak counts as being illiterate?

    In my opinion typos aren't a sign of illiteracy, but more of a sign that we're typing a whole lot more than we used to and not proof reading nearly as much as we should.

    Erica Abbott