All’s fair in love and spelling?
My erstwhile colleague Steve Earl has made an impassioned plea for PR people to correctly use the apostrophe. Unfortunately this is just the tip of the bad grammar iceberg, and it isn’t just PR people that are to blame.
At a risk of going off on an Earl-esque rant, I’m getting fed-up of seeing newspaper articles where the journalist has simply used the wrong spelling of a word – and no-one, from the subeditors upwards has picked up on it. Basic mistakes on using words like rein/reign/rain, fair/fare or profit/prophet make my blood boil. If you control/cut spending you are reining it in (like an errant horse), not ruling it (like the Queen).
What particularly annoys me is that this is primary school stuff – I know as my seven year old son’s spellings are currently focusing on words that sound the same but are spelt differently. And to prove they know which is which they have to write a sentence that includes both correctly. My favourite example is “My mummy whines if she doesn’t get enough wine,” which sums things up nicely. Time for a lot of people to pick up a dictionary – or go back to primary school……………