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Grammar police punished for 'fixing' rare sign
MSNBC ^ | August 22, 2008

Posted on 08/23/2008 8:13:18 AM PDT by gitmo

PHOENIX - When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense.

Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a more than 60-year-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year. They had removed an extraneous apostrophe and added a comma to the sign.

Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson pleaded guilty Aug. 11 for the damage done March 28 at the park's Desert View Watchtower. The sign was made by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the architect who designed the rustic 1930s watchtower and other Grand Canyon-area landmarks.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: grammarpolice
I detest those extraneous apostrophes'.
1 posted on 08/23/2008 8:13:19 AM PDT by gitmo
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To: gitmo

There was a guy in my office in St. Paul who added an apostrophe to nearly every word that had an “s” ending...


2 posted on 08/23/2008 8:15:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: gitmo

Dang. I thought it said GERMAN police...

3 posted on 08/23/2008 8:15:39 AM PDT by rlmorel (If they can call George "Dubya", we can call Barack "Hussein")
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To: gitmo
Its really a shame, that those folks couldn't appreciate the sign in it's natural state.

let's see what the GP can do with that!

4 posted on 08/23/2008 8:17:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Rest In Peace, Capt. Ed "Too Tall" Freeman (1928-2008))
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To: gitmo

Ok, u speling nazis fus up


5 posted on 08/23/2008 8:18:33 AM PDT by Popman (McCain as POTUS is odious, Obama as POTUS is unthinkable.)
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To: gitmo

I’ll have to admit that I’ve erased apostrophes used improperly for plurals off of restaurant chalkboards a couple of times, but yeah...this is going a little too far. ;-)


6 posted on 08/23/2008 8:20:03 AM PDT by Allegra (It's above my pay grade.)
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To: rlmorel

German police or German urologists? Achtung indeed!


7 posted on 08/23/2008 8:20:27 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Rest In Peace, Capt. Ed "Too Tall" Freeman (1928-2008))
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To: RedRover

I thought you said your name was Becky....


8 posted on 08/23/2008 8:21:30 AM PDT by lilycicero (Is this why you stay at home? Put the Sharpie down.)
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To: gitmo

This stuff used to bug me too but the internet has desensitized me to grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. I no longer feel compelled to post corrections to my errors or other’s. (or is it others’?)


9 posted on 08/23/2008 8:29:18 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: gitmo

Here is a link that shows the actual sign:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=522

I think it is telling that no one noticed for a month or more.

These idiots would never have been caught if they had not posted a web site about their crime and boasted about it.

Most criminals are caught because they cannot keep their mouth shut.


10 posted on 08/23/2008 8:30:45 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: gitmo

Armed with Sharpies, erasers and righteous indignation, two apostles of the apostrophe make it their crusade to rid the world of bad signs



11 posted on 08/23/2008 8:35:12 AM PDT by itsamelman (Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. - - Al Swearengen)
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To: marktwain

They claim it will cost 5 grand to remove some white out and Sharpie from that sign? Ridiculous. I’d do it for 4 grand.


12 posted on 08/23/2008 8:36:30 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: gitmo

You have to remember, it is the Government fixing the sign. You’d be lucky to fix a $30 sign for less than $5,000 with Government labor.


13 posted on 08/23/2008 8:39:41 AM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: gitmo
"Deck and Herson, both 28, toured the United States this spring, wiping out errors on government and private signs. They were interviewed by National Public Radio and the Chicago Tribune, which called them 'a pair of Kerouacs armed with Sharpies and erasers and righteous indignation.' "

On their way to Californicatia to get married?

14 posted on 08/23/2008 8:43:41 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Alaska has the oil. The Senate has the dipsticks.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Its really a shame, that those folks couldn't appreciate the sign in it's its natural state.
 
Its really a shame, that those folks couldn't appreciate the sign in it's its natural state.
 
Stop messing with our heads!
 
- the G.P.
 

15 posted on 08/23/2008 8:44:27 AM PDT by littlehouse36 (Just the formula, ma'am.)
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To: lilycicero

Only on Thursday nights.


16 posted on 08/23/2008 8:45:48 AM PDT by RedRover (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: littlehouse36

Ha, you missed two errors. Rookie.


17 posted on 08/23/2008 8:45:52 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Rest In Peace, Capt. Ed "Too Tall" Freeman (1928-2008))
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To: gitmo
What do you get when you mix obsessive compulsive disorder with an intellectual superiority complex?

Behold!

18 posted on 08/23/2008 8:49:01 AM PDT by afortiori
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To: gitmo

They should be sentenced to six months in China without being able to correct their signs.


19 posted on 08/23/2008 9:02:39 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: IncPen

ping


20 posted on 08/23/2008 9:05:57 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: gitmo

I remember my high school English grammar teacher, Sister Alice, telling me the basic rule of a comma; “If you think one should go there in all liklihood it doesn’t!”


21 posted on 08/23/2008 9:06:43 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: gitmo
*** I detest those extraneous apostrophes'.***

Me too!!

And those, who will remain unnamed, who insert commas willynilly, just to break up a run on sentence, or some likewise screed, that should end in a period, and then begin a new sentence with a capital letter. Because everyone knows you do that with hyphens!

And I also hate those who end every sentence with an exclamation point! ... or two!!

In addition, 'alot' is not, I repeat NOT a word. So your spell checker isn't broke, trust it. 'a lot' is TWO separate words. Unless of course you mean 'allot', but that has a completely different meaning and would rarely be used in a post.



22 posted on 08/23/2008 9:16:58 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: ops33
"I remember my high school English grammar teacher, Sister Alice, telling me the basic rule of a comma; “If you think one should go there in all liklihood it doesn’t!”

But Sister Alice probably didn't misspell "likelihood."
<grin>

23 posted on 08/23/2008 9:24:26 AM PDT by Redbob ("WWJBD" ="What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: gitmo

This wasn’t an extraneous apostrophe on that sign, just a poorly place one. It said
“womens’”
As if something was possessed by a group of “womens.”


24 posted on 08/23/2008 9:30:46 AM PDT by Redbob ("WWJBD" ="What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: littlehouse36

You still missed one.


25 posted on 08/23/2008 9:33:43 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: afortiori

What do you get when you mix obsessive compulsive disorder with an intellectual superiority complex?

Obama/Biden team?


26 posted on 08/23/2008 9:37:41 AM PDT by swift15 (Support our troops.)
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To: Redbob

The women’s room and the men’s room.


27 posted on 08/23/2008 9:39:07 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: gitmo
"I don't see the problem here."


28 posted on 08/23/2008 9:40:13 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: littlehouse36
Sign outside a Koren owned Deli. in Brooklyn. “Philip Chese Steak” $3.00
29 posted on 08/23/2008 9:40:50 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: Condor51

I had to allot some time out of my busy schedule to reply to your post.

;)


30 posted on 08/23/2008 9:43:05 AM PDT by Ueriah
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To: NonValueAdded

German urologists!I’d rather face the Wermacht than those guys.


31 posted on 08/23/2008 9:43:08 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: Ueriah
*** I had to allot some time out of my busy schedule to reply to your post. ***

I also allot a good portion of the day to FR. Mainly because my typing stinks and it takes me a lot of time to post and/or respond.

;-)

32 posted on 08/23/2008 9:49:00 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: Condor51
Unless of course you mean 'allot', but that has a completely different meaning and would rarely be used in a post.

Now you've done it!!!

You have used up your alloted monthly allotment of “allots”!

There is only one allotment per year of “allots”, to whit: 12, to be used at an alloted rate of one “allot” per month!!

Using one or more “allots” per month is not only a lot of “allots”, but is one “allot” too many.

We are Conservatives, so do not believe in “allots” nor “allotments”!!

33 posted on 08/23/2008 10:19:24 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: ApplegateRanch

But it seems a lot of conservatives do.


34 posted on 08/23/2008 10:23:57 AM PDT by purpleraine
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To: ApplegateRanch
We are Conservatives...

-------------------------------------------------------

You mean the Conservatives of Brittan--the U.K. opposition party? :)

35 posted on 08/23/2008 10:52:06 AM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: gitmo
It's an old sign, that makes it "rare" and "historic"? Kind of like the areas of town that are declared "historic districts" just because they have a bunch of crappy old row houses there. Who gives a rat's behind.
36 posted on 08/23/2008 11:26:51 AM PDT by theymakemesick (The war on drugs benefits government agencies, politicians and drug dealers, they don't want to win.)
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To: Redbob

Touche!!


37 posted on 08/23/2008 11:28:42 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: gitmo

“Still, I think I shall be haunted by that perversity, emense, in my train-whistle-blighted dreams tonight.”

Ha haaa haaaaaaa!


38 posted on 08/23/2008 12:38:23 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Condor51

An error I see so often I wonder whether it is being taught in schools - could’nt, , etc.


39 posted on 08/23/2008 12:48:17 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: NonValueAdded

I resign from the GP, head hanging in shame.


40 posted on 08/23/2008 2:59:44 PM PDT by littlehouse36 (Just the formula, ma'am.)
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