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The strange streets of L.A.

The strange streets of L.A.

Do you miss the wacky misspellings once endemic to written communication in the days before computers caught our mistakes? Take heart. One of L.A.'s most prolific class of scribblers still misspells with abandon.

We're talking about traffic cops.

The chances are better than 1 in 5 that the traffic citations they write will contain a spelling error in what is often a key piece of evidence: the address where the violation occurred.

A painstaking Los Angeles Times analysis of 75,000 computerized traffic citations has found the street name mangled beyond all but the most hopeful inference about 20% of the time.

Los Angeles Police Department cops have come up with 49...