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You can look but you better not touch

Posted by Jan Freeman, keep until April August 25, 2008 03:51 PM

As the Globe and many others have reported, Somerville resident Jeff Deck and his buddy Benjamin Herson pleaded guilty to vandalism in Arizona, after they corrected some of the punctuation on a sign inside the Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park.

The sign, unfortunately for the punctuation vigilantes, had been handpainted by the watchtower's architect, Mary Colter; they're paying $3,000 to have it restored.

Here's a photo of the sign, pre-correction, from Flickr, where you can find the original with large enough lettering to edit (remotely and theoretically, of course).

FLICKR%20SIGN.jpg

For more comments on the apostrophe hunters' bust, see Language Log (which provided the Flickr link), You Don't Say, The Greenbelt, and Watch Yer Language.


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Rules and realities of English usage from Boston Globe Ideas columnist Jan Freeman.
Jan Freeman, a former Boston Globe editor, has been writing the weekly column The Word since 1997. E-mail her at freeman@globe.com.
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