“Cleaning” up Quito, one sentence at a time

For any Spanish students hoping to improve their grammatical skills, I’d recommend joining Acción Ortográfica, a Ecuadorian group that corrects the grammar of graffiti around Quito.  This looks like the most fun way imaginable of learning the rules of Spanish grammar.

The group takes their name from a poet graffiti organization that was founded in Mexico in 1966:  Acción Poetica.  According to Mental Floss, members of this movement”have been graffiting love poems and quotes about friendship and optimism across Latin America for decades,” but not always in the most grammatically correct ways.  Here’s an example of Acción Ortográfica in action:


Obviously the police don’t care whether you are creating graffiti to post love poems or correct grammar–either way is still illegal, so members must work at night.  They have shifted to a possibly even more dangerous game of late, correcting the temperamental and volatile President Correa’s tweets.  From this example, it seems like he needs the help:


While they claim that they only care about good grammar (and aren’t attacking Correa politically), we know how little of a sense of humor Correa has (especially about himself).

Priorities, priorities

I’m not a Bulgaria expert, but of all the things the Bulgarian government should try harder to do, preventing graffiti on old Soviet monuments should not be one of them.



The Moscow Time reports that “Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after a monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted last year. Grafitti artists transformed the soldiers in the monument into popular superheroes and cartoon characters, including Superman, The Joker, Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald.”

The only thing I can think to say is: “way to go graffiti artists–that is a huge improvement!”

h/t @ThePoke