Toby Young cannot spell

Writing on his No Sacred Cows blog today, free school advocate Toby Young saddles up his high horse on the issue of spelling:

Labour MP for Hammersmith Andrew Slaughter (in tie at rear) protests against the opening of the new ARK primary school in Shepeherd’s [sic] Bush by holding up a sign in which the word “building” is spelt wrong. Could there by any greater advertisement for why local education needs improving?

Notwithstanding his typo here and the fact that this historical protest was, erm, not about schooling at all, it seems that Young is the last person to be correcting the writing skills of elderly demonstrators.

Much emphasis has been placed on the near-magical qualities of compulsory Latin in the curriculum of his West London Free School. Addressing parents at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre in December, the presentation given by Young and headmaster designate Thomas Packer was lent added gravitas by the motto “Nulli Secundis”.

Unfortunately for Toby, this is completely meaningless — not to mention embarrassing — as the correct spelling is “Nulli Secundus”.

The foremost exponents of Latin in schooling can’t even use it themselves.


  1. thabet says:

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Toby Young cannot spell

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  4. Ian Dunt says:

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Toby Young cannot spell

  5. Malcolm Armsteen says:

    ‘Shepeherd’s Bush’? You could not, truly, make it up…

  6. Simon says:

    RT @psbook: NEW –> Toby Young cannot spell

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  9. Tom says:

    Of course, Toby is planning to open a secondary school, not a primary school, which is where people actually learn to spell.

    Or, in other words, he’s being a boorish twerp again.

  10. Richard says:

    And secondary school is also where you continue to learn new words and their spelling, as well as new subjects like Latin.

  11. RT @psbook: Toby Young cannot spell

  12. Sara Browne says:

    Shouldn’t twerp be spelled ‘T.w.a.t.’?

  13. Writing on his No Sacred Cows blog today, free school advocate Toby Young saddles up his h… #cannot

  14. I understand the joys of pedantry but you do risk looking quite ridiculous as this Latin poseur may be learning:

  15. time says:

    RT @psbook: Toby Young cannot spell

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  17. Ian says:

    .. and it should be ‘spelt wrongly’, not ‘spelt wrong’.

  18. [...] I have to say to Hon Tobes and his rich pals is “Nulli Secundis”…which is a nonsense word that was, nonetheless, used by him and his school as a motto. A propos, nonsense is what drips from his lips and flows from his er, [...]

  19. DAC Ar chitect says:

    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at
    Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word
    are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the
    rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit
    a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by
    istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    This bit of information should save the tax payer a lot of money as you don’t need to spell proper like in the first place to be understood.

    Dyslexia rules K.O.

  20. [...] contrast with the Latin of Toby Young’s free school, Twickenham Academy ensured that they spelled their motto correctly by keeping it idiotically [...]

  21. Ian Springham says:

    I thought that “Nulli Secundus” was the refectory motto: “No Seconds.”

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