A Mission to Correct Grammar and Punctuation on Quito’s Graffiti

Here’s someone I’d like to meet. From a story in today’s Guardian, ‘Ecuador’s radical grammar pedants on a mission to correctly punctuate graffiti‘:

In the dead of night, two men steal through the streets of Quito armed with spray cans and a zeal for reform. They are not political activists or revolutionaries: they are radical grammar pedants on a mission to correctly punctuate Ecuador’s graffiti.

Using stencils cut from pizza boxes, the pair add punctuation and accents, correct spelling and grammar, and are now even correcting politicians’ tweets. Said one of said pedants, who goes by the nickname Diéresis:

Graffiti is an act of vandalism. By correcting it, we turn it into something ironic.

And entertaining. I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out.

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