Bad warning signs writers beware – The typo vigilantes are here

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Bad warning signs writers beware – The typo vigilantes are here

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Bad warning signs writers beware – The typo vigilantes are here

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Posted: Jan 13, 2011 |Comments: 0

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An American team are waging war on the problem blighting the world of warning signs – misspellings and bad grammar.

Sick of seeing ‘dinning’ instead of ‘dining’ and ‘shiping’ in place of ‘shipping’, Jeff Deck and Benjamin D Herson embarked on the three-month trek across America, leaving a string of corrected signs in their wake, Reuters reports.

Calling themselves the Typo Eradication Advancement League, the men gathered up an army of tools and, with common sense and good spelling in mind, set about correcting any spelling and grammatical errors they saw on the way.

And they have written a book about their experience. Mr Deck said The Great Typo Hunt aims to highlight both problems in education standards and poor attention to detail.

“If you put a bunch of typos out for the world to see, people might draw conclusions about attention to detail in other matters,” he told the news provider.

Bad warning signs are a source of amusement for many, but the League’s quest clearly has a serious aim. The dangers of poorly-written signage can include misunderstandings, which could pose serious safety risks.

Correct health and safety signs and warning signs are just one way that businesses and public bodies can reduce risks and improve safety. They are not a substitute for detailed (and correct) systems for safe working and properly designed public spaces and facilities.

The real worry with poorly spelt safety signage is that it potentially indicates a ‘slap dash’ approach to health and safety – which should concern everyone.


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