Common spelling mistakes should be accepted into everyday use, not corrected, a lecturer has said.
Ken Smith of Bucks New University says the most common mistakes should be accepted as “variant spellings”.
He lists the 10 most commonly misspelt words, which include “arguement” for “argument” and “twelth” for “twelfth”.
Mr Smith says his proposal, outlined in an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement, follows years of correcting the same mistakes.
Mr Smith, a criminology lecturer, said: “Instead of complaining about the state of the education system as we correct the same mistakes year after year, I’ve got a better idea.
“University teachers should simply accept as variant spellings those words our students most commonly misspell. BBC
Hat tip Virgil Samms
I second the motion.