A local father’s spelling has reportedly improved drastically, coincidentally at the same time that his toddler son has gotten more street savvy. Dave Grant describes himself as “an average speller at best” but has had to work on that in recent times so he and his wife can conduct covert discussions within ear shot of their 4-year-old son Brax.

Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle about the dramatic improvement, Grant said, “It’s actually quite amazing to be honest. I used to be bloody shithouse mate. Now I’m spelling all kinds of contraband words like ‘ice-cream’, ‘playground’, ‘Greensborough Plaza’, and ‘contraband’ with no worries at all.”

Even Grant’s wife Sally is impressed. She said, “It’s remarkable. His text messages used to be riddled with errors, but now they’re semi coherent. The grammar’s still bad, but the spelling is fantastic. I guess they’re right after all, kids do make us want to be a better version of our original selves.”