from agnes in john b keane's listowel;
Oh my good God. I'm fast becoming a very nerdy, if not nasty, pedant. But what can I do? Even here in Kerry, land of wordsmiths, the plague of misspelling continues to wreak havoc.
I could blame a primary school education which placed great emphasis on correct spelling, tables and mental arithmetic. Is it safe to assume that such education has long disappeared from our system?
Listowel Writer's week celebrates writing. It is obvious from the official 2010 festival website that spelling is not high on the list of attributes a writer should have. I may be wrong, perhaps 'internatinal' and 'promotinal' are the correct spellings here in Kerry.