“An AFA spokesperson says he didn't have enough "lifet" to return to the field at the academy…”
Several readers caught this errant aviation term. Commenter Kirk said, “I was a student pilot years ago and I never heard the term ‘lifet.’"
Commenter Ron added, “I believe lifet isnt a word, but lift Is.” (Ironically, “isn’t” without an apostrophe is also not a word. And we’ll overlook that capitalized ‘I’ for the moment. Ron’s heart was in the right place, even if his spelling wasn’t.)
Maggie’s take on the typo was this: “When you don't have a clue how to spell a word, apparently you should just put it in quotes and ignore it.”
I think we may be witnessing the birth of a new grammar rule. “When in doubt, don’t bother with the dictionary. Just put quotes around it.”