Dear Pioneer readers:
My humblest apologies to all of you, but most of all to the spirit of Anne Picton, our beloved English teacher and proofreader. She practised (not practiced) what she taught. The verb form of the word is spelled with an S… My mistake. American spell checkers do not notice this distinction. My error was in not proofreading one more time, as she would have done, and the irony of all this is that I was trying in my article last week to honour her memory and her love of the Queens English.