The Conversation: The Great Typo Hunt

Photo: Persons of the Week: The Typo Heroes

We've all seen misspelled signs on the highway, in stores and parks. In today's Conversation, ABC's John Berman chats with authors Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson -- two guys that decided to do something about it.

"Typos really get in the way of communications, which is the primary purpose of writing," Deck said.

Can you spot typos as well as Deck and Herson? Click here to take The Great Typo Quiz.

Armed with their typo correction kit that included Sharpies, Wite-Out, pens and chalk, Deck and Herson traveled across America correcting the typos they saw along the way.

They traveled for two-and-a-half months, found 437 misspelled signs and were able to correct half of them. When they saw an error, they brought it to the owner's attention and offered to fix it.

But not everyone they approached was happy to have their mistakes pointed out to them.

"There were really a whole range of reactions: Some people got really defensive about it," said Deck. "There were certain cases where we just couldn't convince someone, no matter how much charm we threw at them, that they needed to fix the typo."

Watch today's Conversation for more on the typo crusade.

Click here to watch more from the Conversation series.

Click here to return to the "World News" page.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11376737. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 11376737.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison attend the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural Gala presented by Salvatore Ferragamo at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 17, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Stefanie Keenan/Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts/Getty Images for Wallis Annenber
PHOTO: Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in this June 6, 2011, file photo.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images