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The Toronto Star had an article yesterday about an immigrant from Jamaica who, while sitting ready to take his oath of citizenship, noticed that the welcome package from the Ministry of Citizenship had some spelling errors.

The comments to the article have been interesting to read. Seems that I am not the only nit-picker out there who is saddened by today’s lazy computer users who cannot be bothered to use a neuron or two and figure out how to spell “colour” or “defence”, but instead insist on using the MS Word spellchecker (the default is American English, though this can be changed to either Canadian or British English).

I still blame the current state of the educational system in which it is still considered psychologically scarring to point out errors like this to students; and to actually have the audacity to deduct marks for spelling errors, when it’s the content which matters not the spelling.

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