Today’s Northwest Arkansas Times, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette‘s Fayetteville daily, spelled a word wrong in its top headline today. Maybe quandary is one of those words the general populace doesn’t know how to spell, and it will go largely unnoticed.
I hope not, purely for the state of language knowledge in our country. Spelling, while a small, simple part of life (although it’s a larger part of publishing), clearly impacts public perception of the offending person/institution. I used to work in the newspaper industry, and I know what it’s like to wake up, get the paper and cringe when you see the mistake. But there’s really no excuse.