Career choice: Making the world safe for the humble apostrophe

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What can you do with a degree in English? Form the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) and tour the country notifying sign owners of extraneous apostrophes, bad spelling and other offenses. That's what 20-something Dartmouth grads Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson are doing.

Featured in this story in the Chicago Tribune, Deck and Henson just traveled around the country pointing out sign errors. They told the Trib they're batting about .500 in getting errors corrected. They also carry a correction kit, so that, if allowed, they can offer correction services on the spot. Free of charge.

Others have fought this good fight before. The apostrophe seems to be the most abused punctuation mark -- or at least the one that attracts the most defenders: the Apostrophe Abuse blog, England's Apostrophe Protection Society, Australia's Friends of the Apostrophe, and Germany's APOSTROPHENKATASTROPHEN.But is there a buck to be made in better grammar? The duo hope for a book deal. The more dowdy Grammar Patrol has done well with that route. Supporters urge them to try selling their correction kits. Meanwhile, they are recruiting grammarians to submit before and after photos for a contest.
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