Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Their must be a reason

As editor of the Telegraph Herald editorial page, I review about 2,000 letters to the editor a year. (Those from out-of-area authors writing about national issues are set aside first; we have more than enough local authors and local topics to fill the letters column.) That leaves more than 1,000 letters to get a closer look.

Rare is the letter that does not have at least one spelling or grammatical error. That's not a huge deal; everyone makes a mistake now and then, and these authors are not professionals (who also commit typos and misspellings).

Anyway, over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed that many authors are mistaking their for there, or there for their. I don't recall seeing this error appear in so many letters in such a short time period. Why? A full moon? The change of seasons? The approach of Daylight Saving Time?

Could someone help me with a conspiracy theory?


Anonymous said...

OK, I'll help you out. Choose a theory worthy of Mr. Noseworthy.

1. Outcome based education.
2. De-empathsis of reading, grammar, and spelling.
3. Flouride in the drinking water.
4. AARP seniors from the Lifetime center couldn't read Walter Pregler's handwriting when copying the letters to the editor.

Brian Cooper said...

De-empathsis? Flouride?

Greg said...

Case in point.

klcomaha said...

Awesome! These writers better stick to call in /talk show radio, every misspelled word comes out perfect.