You know poor spelling caused by carelessness is reaching epic proportions when organisations’ own addresses on their own stationery are incorrectly spelt.
The example in this week’s spotlight is South African increasingly popular radio station Mix 93.8 FM.
The office park where this radio station is located is called Cosntantia Square. Cosntantia, of course is not the correct spelling for this rather famous name reference. It is in fact, Constantia.
Wikipedia tells us that Constantia is an old part of Cape Town, South Africa famed for its wine.
Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel, established the estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantia)in 1684.
There is a rather fascinating history made in this area including slavery, the introduction of Islam, Napoleon Bonaparte… very interesting.
So why was it misspelt? Probably just a simple case of swapping the “s” and “n” around whilst typing at speed. No doubt if the writer had a second opportunity to write the address it would be typed correctly.
Some people term it Dyslexic Typing. A very serious sounding condition indeed.
Many amateur typists also type with 2-4 fingers and will often hit a key with one hand perhaps before the other gets to the previous letter in the word. Who knows.
Many touch typists tend to suffer from these problems occasionally. Try this: in your head say the letters to yourself as you type, you might find your dyslexia improving
Ironically it’s a classic case of more haste less speed. Because the right thing to do at this stage is to immediately check the address across all company stationery and online presence. Thanks to desktop publishing this problem is easily corrected since stationery is produced in small batches. Unfortunately, it also requires individuals within the organisation to recognise the correct spelling and rectify this accordingly wherever it appears. They should be taught to speak proper.
Source: Speak Proper Blog