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?