Grumpy about spelling and grammar

I’m aware that I should be careful what I say here, because WordPress doesn’t automatically mark mis-spelled words and I don’t necessarily run blog posts through the spell checker.  And I do sometimes blog in haste, so can post things with errors in them.

Still – I was disappointed to see a big poster on a tube station advertising an estate agency which was independent.  Except that it was mis-spelled ‘independant’.  It’s irritating enough to see documents which confuse the words dependant, which is a noun, and dependent, which is an adjective, but at least both these words should pass a spell checker.  But this was (presumably) an expensive advertising pitch: it’s a poster site next to a busy escalator in a tube station serving an affluent residential area.  It seems extraordinary that whoever put the poster together didn’t bother to check the spelling.

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