This cheers me emensely
Thanks to Language Log, I learn that two members of the vigilante group TEAL (Typo Eradication Advancement League), those guys who traveled around the country correcting signs and blogging about it, have been convicted of vandalism after defacing an historic, more-than-sixty-year-old, hand-painted sign:
Two self-anointed "grammar vigilantes" who toured the nation removing typos from public signs have been banned from national parks after vandalizing a historic marker at the Grand Canyon.It's going to cost over $3,000 to fix the sign, which was made by Mary Colter, who designed the 1930s watchtower as well as other Grand Canyon-area landmarks. (You can see a picture of it - before defacement - at the Log.)
Jeff Michael Deck, 28, of Somerville, Mass., and Benjamin Douglas Herson, 28, of Virginia Beach, Va., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Flagstaff after damaging a rare, hand-painted sign in Grand Canyon National Park. They were sentenced to a year's probation, during which they cannot enter any national park, and were ordered to pay restitution.According to court records, Deck and Herson toured the United States from March to May, wiping out errors on government and private signs. On March 28, while at Desert View Watchtower on the South Rim, they used a white-out product and a permanent marker to deface a sign painted more than 60 years ago by artist Mary Colter. The sign, a National Historic Landmark, was considered unique and irreplaceable, according to Sandy Raynor, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix.
ps - the word "emensely", which tormented Deck badly ("I was reluctant to disfigure the sign any further, so we had to let the other typo stand. Still, I think I shall be haunted by that perversity") is actually not "a made-up word". It's in the OED and is a fairly common archaic variant on "immense". But to guys like Deck & Co., a "variant" is nothing less than an "error".