The importance of orthography

As language teachers, we recognise the importance of the written word and the need for accuracy. We write our text messages in full and become mortified when we slip up with our own spelling and punctuation. We dutifully encourage our learners that a spelling mistake is not the end of the world but they must never be repeated, on pain of certain death.
local story reported on the BBC might go a long way to providing a reason for this neurosis, which transcends just getting it right. Today a settlement was reached between Companies House in Cardiff after the omission of the plural ‘s’ in the company name Tyler and Sons led to the wrong company being wound up, the loss of 250 jobs at a company that had been trading since the nineteenth century and an £8.8m court case. 

Proofreading never seemed so attractive.