Why Spelling Still Matters...

From "The Errors of His Ways: Misspelling Leads Secret Service to Teen Death-Threat Suspect,"by Maria F. Durand,  ABCNews.com, February 23, 2001:


Authorities say a 14-year-old student should have thought twice about
e-mailing a death threat to the president last week or at least should have
checked his grammar and spelling first. 

The teenager allegedly sent the e-mail to President Bush's White House address directly from his home in Marion, Ohio, a town of about 40,000 about 40 miles from Columbus.

"He did try to go through a couple of different methods to try to hide his address but apparently it was not too sophisticated," said Bill Collins, spokesman for the Marion Police Department, which helped federal agents track down the teenager.

Tracing the message was easy for Secret Service agents. They showed up at the Marion Police Department on Feb. 16 with a name, an address and a copy of the e-mail, which contained misspellings and grammatical errors.

"They had a feeling that, due to the grammatical errors, it probably came from a teenager," Collins said.

The message read, "im looking for you and im going to kill you wen i get you i do not like you i kill you."