Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Grammar

New York Fixes 50-Year-Old Typo

New York’s governor signed a bill to correct a 50-year-old typo on multiple bridge signs. And you won’t believe what it’ll cost!

Signs for a New York bridge Staten Island drivers see every day are about to be updated to correct a 50-year-old typo.

How, exactly could it take a half-century to fix such a mistake?

Most likely, it’s all about the Benjamins.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, America’s longest suspension bridge, was named for a 16th-century Italian explorer. First opened in 1964, it connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

There’s just one problem: the explorer is Giovanni da Verrazzano, the man who discovered what would later be known as New York Harbor way back in 1524.

Unlike the name of the bridge, the explorer spelled his with two Zs, not one.

The typo is actually older than 50 years. It dates back to 1960, when the original construction contract included the error.

So now, 58 years later, it’s finally being fixed after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized adding a second letter Z.

“We are correcting this decades-old misspelling out of respect to the legacy of the explorer and to New York’s heritage,” Cuomo said in a statement.

A costly mistake

The state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which controls the bridge, has been warning that repairing the typo could cost millions of dollars. That’s because the error would have to be corrected on many road signs, brochures and maps.

But last week, the MTA said the price tag would be closer to $200,000 to $250,000. That’s still quite a chunk of cash.

They’re getting around it by agreeing to replace signs only when they come into a state of disrepair and require replacement.

The new signs will have two Zs

Think of how much money — and effort — could have been saved if someone had done one more spell-check by consulting a history book!

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