Some of you have asked about the “Spelling C*nts” t-shirts being worn by our company’s nationally-ranked spelling team, Spellbound & Gagged. The answer is a combination of inadequate attention to detail when the team’s captain reviewed a pre-press proof, and a lack of funds to have new shirts printed.
Dick Cheney once said, “You don’t go to war with the army you want, you go with the army you have.” He could just as easily have said, “It’d be great if the spelling team’s t-shirts didn’t have the word ‘c*nt’ on them, but they do, and new shirts are prohibitively expensive.”
The intended message of the shirts was “Spelling Counts,” a nod to both the importance of proper spelling and an acknowledgement that the team includes a disproportionate number of accountants amongst its members. The accountants, in fact, were the first to suggest that the t-shirts be used as printed.