The War on Error

Archive for the ‘misspelling’ Category


The perils of the spellcheck-proof error… Some poor sub-editor was clearly at sea with his costs.

It can sometimes feel awfully pompous to pull people up on poor grammar, especially if English isn’t their native language. But, but, BUT… There’s no getting around the fact that it should say ‘stationery’ and ‘morning’ on this newsagent’s sign. And that’s that.

You wouldn’t expect a hospital to be overly concerned with the health of grammar and good spelling – after all, they’ve got far more important things to think about. But then again, while I’m happy to overlook the weird random capitalisation/pluralisation so beloved of official letter writers, when a there/their mix-up changes the sense of the sentence it’s more than just irksome. These letters are on TEMPLATE, so really, there’s no excuse.

BA flies in the face of spellcheck.

Peer ’embarassed’ by bank economists. BBC no doubt embarrassed by spelling mistake…

Ahhh. Wouldn’t the world would be a better place if we could sing, rather than sign, our life away?


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