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Cape Town - Granada vs Grenada.

Edward Gamson, an American dentist, was really looking forward to visiting Granada, Spain — but flew to Grenada instead on a recent vacation.

One is a Spanish city founded in the 11th century, famous for its moorish architecture; the other is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela and a world-leading producer of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. 

Gawker reports  Gamson is now suing British Airways, alleging that the airline made the mistake.

Gamson said he wanted to visit Granada and the Alhambra Palace as a tribute to his Spanish Jewish heritage, claiming that he made it absolutely clear to the airline's booking agent.  

"Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon?"

Gamson unfortunately never made it to Spain. He and his partner expected British Airways to reimburse their $4 500 (about R47 597 at R10.60/$) first-class tickets. But the airline was not forthcoming. 

Now they are going ahead with a lawsuit seeking $34 000 (about R359 771) in damages.

The judge presiding over the matter is said to have quoted Mark Twain's aphorism  - "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug".

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