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Hi, everyone, I come across an article and am not quite sure of its meaning ... Can anyone here please help me with this?
The article is about a man in the U.S. running around the country correcting typos. Unfortunately, he got caught and charged by the government for correcting a sign in the national part without permission. The sentence was not harsh and it's almost over. And he decided to pick up the responsibility again.
At the end he said, ‘America is lax about only a few points.’ I'm not sure of the meaning of "a few points" ... Does that mean 'America does not care about a few mark deduction from the typo problem.'? Or 'America does not care about just a few grammatical points.'?
Righting Wrong Writing
Heroically pernickety typo crusaders set things straight
The scene of the crime: Madison, Wisconsin. Acting on a hot tip, Jeff Deck pulled down his dark fedora and headed to Brennan’s Market with partner Benjamin Herson. ‘The store was pretty, Deck says, but then we saw it.’ In the fruit section. A crime of omission. Deck and Herson approached a young woman who was making signs.
‘Excuse, ma’am,’ said Deck, 28. “I’m a professional typo hunter and fixer. The sign for Washington apples is missing and ‘n’. It reads ‘Washigton.’” She gave the pair the once-over, shrugged, and went back to her signs. ‘We can fix it ourselves,’ Deck said. ‘I have my typo-correction kit right here.’ (Deck carries the kit with him at all times, even to weddings.) ‘Oh, no. We have a special marker for the signs,’ she said.
Deck and Herson went off by themselves and quietly debated changing it without permission – a bold move they don’t like to make unless absolutely necessary. (A Los Angeles man threatened to call the police after he caught them adding an apostrophe to a ‘Cars Will Be Towed at Owners Expense’ sign.) They asked another employee, who gave them permission to insert the missing ‘n’. It’s the classic ‘if-Mum-says-no-ask-Dad’ move.
With his fedora and gritty determination, Deck has been dubbed the Indiana Jones of typos. The founder of the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL), Deck spent much of last year on 2008 Typo Hunt Across America, a correctional odyssey that has taken him and an assortment of friends from coast to coast in a 1997 Nissan, righting wrong writing on signs as small as bulletin board notices and as big as billboards. Sleeping in tents or friends-of friends’ couches, Deck sent the year living on snacks as he stalked the wild gaffe.
Crossing into Arizona from New Mexico, they jumped over a barbed wire fence and ran across an expanse of cactus-strewn scrubland to eliminate the apostrophe in a billboard advising tourists to bring their ‘camera’s.’ At an Office Depot in Texas, Deck and Herson spotted a number of erroneous signs, all 2.7 metres high. Their friend and host Paula advised them to commandeer a rolling stepladder and change the signs themselves.
Deck was raised in New Hampshire, graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in creative writing and spent a couple of years in Washington, DC, at Rocks & Minerals magazine. He realized his true calling at a school reunion in 2007. ‘There were classmates curing cancer, and I was doing nothing,’ he remembers. ‘I started thinking about how I could change the world in my humble way.’
Deck never contemplated a life of crime, though. At the Grand Canyon, he and Herson corrected a folksy-looking sign, adding a comma and changing womens’ to women’s. The National Park Service was not impressed. It turned out the sign was created in the 1930s by a celebrated architect (and lousy speller). Though nothing indicated the sign’s historic importance, the government pressed charges. Deck and Herson agreed to pay $3035 to restore the sign and to stay out of national parks for a year. Forbidden from discussing the details of the case until August, the good-guy grammar outlaws will likely be back. And they’re hopeful. After all, grammar and spelling are just one way to look at the world, Deck says, and ‘America is lax about only a few points.’
The latter.Does that mean 'America does not care about a few mark deduction from the typo problem.'? Or 'America does not care about just a few grammatical points.'?