Why we still need teachers

14th November 2003 at 00:00
David Beckham didn't quite get the Hindi spelling of his wife Victoria's name right when he had it tattooed on his left arm.

Apparently, Tony Blair has trouble spelling tomorrow correctly (he spelt it TOOMORROW three times on a handwritten note). And we've lost count of the number of inappropriate uses of apostrophes we've seen on signs in shop windows. But our most recent favourite is this sign, right, enjoyed daily by First Appointments editor Fiona Flynn.

Send your examples of misspellings, typos and appalling grammar to: Why we still need teachers, First Appointments, Times Educational Supplement, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX; or email them to gail.robinson@tes.co.uk. The winner will receive a copy of Eats, Shoots amp; Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss, published by Profile Books and worth pound;9.99. The book attempts to recruit an army of punctuation vigilantes - perhaps that will include you.

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