Why spelling is important: reason #17

17 May
I heard an interesting piece on CBC while driving home today.  It discussed why the ability to spell is important in world in which we spend so much of our time communicating using the written word via the Internet. 
 
It was the first time I had ever heard of typo-squatters, people who make money by registering for and exploiting domain names that are typos of popular websites.  For example, realistate.com (instead of realestate.com) takes you to a page with sponsored links; if enough people go there and click on the links, the person can actually make a bit of money doing this.  There are more sinister ways of exploiting people who visit these websites, but you can look up the details for yourself.
 
Yet another example of why yes, word pedantry can pay.
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