I don't know why it bothers me so much, but I really hate when people write 'lightening' when they mean 'lightning'. Maybe it is because I studied meteorology in college, I can't be sure. I know I make mistakes spelling. I try to do my best to catch them all, but usually I am writing something quickly and I don't have time for a close inspection. Anyway, I really don't like it when I find it, in what is supposed to be, a professional article. For example:
Beginning last year, American barred mechanics from doing more than minimal checks for lightening strikes unless pilots of incoming traffic officially stated the plane may have been struck, the newspaper said. (By Christopher Hinton, MarketWatch).
At least it was correct in the title, which is usually not written by the same person.
OK, back to the grind.