Many of the offenders are bloggers and commenters. And Mr. Rewrite will write off a certain percentage to innocent, if inexcusable, typos. But one will find a large number of misspellings among organizations with editors on their payrolls:
The first rule of proper nouns: Look them up. The second rule of proper nouns: Look them up. Think "Fight Club" for journalists.
With this newfangled technology the kids call "the Internet," it takes just a few seconds to check a name. Here's a good place to find a reliable spelling of the president's name, for example.
BARACK Obama. Can we spell it correctly? Yes we can.
Hey, Mr. Rewrite received another comment!
Ray followed up on yesterday's bear/bare post by sharing this deliciously ambiguous headline spotted by Language Log: Days from death, Fla. wildlife officials free plastic jar that was stuck on bear cub's head. Thanks, Ray.