Editorial: A sign of post-literate times?

A misspelled Jones Beach sign on the southbound

A misspelled Jones Beach sign on the southbound Robert Moses Causeway. (Aug. 8, 2013) (Credit: News12)

No one is more empathetic than a newspaper when it comes to typos. We get it. But the state Department of Transportation is leaving us jonesing for some spell-check.

A brown sign just installed on the southbound Robert Moses Causeway directed motorists west toward "Jonse Beach." Those five-letter words can be difficult, especially when they present a complicated spelling for an obscure place. But how many state workers designed, wrote and inspected this sign before it was hoisted into place?

Don't be too hard on yourself, DOT. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority this past week fixed four signs at a "Roosvelt" Avenue subway station in Queens. That's another gimme, especially with two U.S. presidents from New York who share the name.

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The MTA does have a better case for its misspelling of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station on the A, C and G lines. It forgot the middle "r," a mistake also noticed this past week. To be fair, Schermerhorn is hard to even say, let alone spell.

This might be evidence that we're on the poorly proofread road toward a post-spelling society. If that dreadful day comes, we'll need a whole lot more of those adhesive overlays DOT is using to repair its sign for Jonse, er, Jones Beach.

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