We dull men like to proofread. We get exited — safe excitement — when we spot a typo and other errors.at
“A Period Is Questioned in the Declaration of Independence” by Jennifer Schuessler in today’s International New York Times was fascinating for us to read.
Look at in the letters and markings spotlighted in the picture above. After the word “Happiness,” is that a period? Or untended spot of ink?
It appears right after the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It creates the impression that the list of self-evident truths ends with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Some say that what comes next is just as important: the essential role of governments — “instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” — in securing those rights.