Oh Lord! I am turning into Victor Meldrew!
I was reading The Times the other day. Next to an article by Lynne Truss on the use of language (I like Lynne Truss, and cited her book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” in the Northern Territory Supreme Court once in an argument about a bit of statutory construction) was a piece by Daniel Finkelstein in which a word was, in my humble opinion, mispelled.
Obviously, that is not a big deal. So what? Baron Finkelstein is a peer of the realm, and should be allowed to spell how he likes. But it rankled, and I succumbed to the temptation to comment. And then to comment again. And again:
@Lesley@Robert Fenwick Elliott As you like. Happily, there is no equivalent of the Académie française to prevent us spelling words how we like, as any fule knos. But I think you will find that pretty much everyone who is aware of the difference between the two words will observe it. Thus, an court might consider whether a driver’s judgement had been impaired by drugs, and will follow the prededent of any previous judgment on point. Conversely, those who spell the words the other way around are, I suspect, typically unaware of this distinction.