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Thursday April 24 2008

The other day there was a small flap about a spelling mistake on the Labour Party’s website.  It was soon corrected, but not before fun was had by bloggers:

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I think this nicely illustrates that spelling can still be very important, if only because if you can’t do it, some people are liable to think you stupid.  The convention seems to have arisen that if you miss-spell blog comments, that’s okay.  But it will be a while before spelling excellence as excellance on something like a party political website fails to raise any sort of titter.

However, while checking out the Labour site for the purposes of the above posting, I noted something I consider far sillier, in the form of a prominently advertised piece by Ed Balls entitled Fighting for youth facilities in Camden.  That seems to me a piece of thoughtless English far worse than a mere spelling mistake, which was, as I say, quickly corrected.  There are, I assume, no plans to change that into something that reeks a bit less of the very adolescent belligerence that these youth facilities are presumably intended to curb.