The English language is on its own

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2007

The correction published in the Feb. 23 Juneau Empire stated that "the town of Bellevue, Wash., was misspelled."

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I find it interesting that you would go to the trouble of correcting an inconsequential misspelling such as "Belleview," but you made no attempt to correct the use of the word "affluent" (an adjective meaning "wealthy") instead of the word "effluent" (a noun which means, in its context, "sewage") in a Feb. 9 article about the North Douglas sewer line. The use of that incorrect word completely changes the sentence, or makes it nonsense, depending upon your point of view and whether you live in North Douglas.

Nevertheless, in your defense, the next edition did correct your Feb. 9 misspelling of Sen. Gary Wilken's name. That's nice. You wouldn't want to offend anyone in Bellevue or the Senate, but the English language is on its own.

Don't you read your own newspaper?

Mike Spalding


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