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We All Make Typos: What's Your Worst One?
We asked this woman about her worst typo. Her response: OK, so this might be now one of my most favorite stories to tell. Then it was utterly devastating.
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What is a typo?
Typo is short for typographical error—a mistake made when typing something.
The term typically refers to an unintentional error that happens when you accidentally hit the wrong key on a keyboard—the kind of mistake that autocorrect is supposed to catch and automatically fix when you’re typing a document or texting. For example, typing teh when you mean to type the is a common typo.
Typos often result in misspellings, but, technically, not all misspellings are typos. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to call a misspelling a typo if you spelled the word that way on purpose. Still, people often use the word this way, especially when politely pointing out misspellings in things that other people have typed.
The term typographical error can also refer to an error made during the printing process, such as due to a mechanical issue, but this sense of the term is much less commonly used
Example: I should have proofread my proposal because as I was presenting it I noticed a typo right on the title slide.
Where does typo come from?
The first records of the word typo as a short form of typographical error come from the 1890s. The typo- in typographical comes from the Greek týpo(s), meaning “type,” and the graph part is based on a root that refers to writing. The word typography refers to the process of printing with type.
Most of the time, typos are no big deal. They’re common, especially in informal communication like texting, and most of the time the person reading the message will be able to figure out what you meant to say. But typos in official documents can be pretty serious, and there are stories (and probably a few legends) about how legal cases were decided due to a single typo. Edtiors and proofreaders catch and fix typos as part of their job (though some inevitably slip by).
Some modern slang terms are based on typos. The slang word pwn probably originated from people mistakenly typing the letter p instead of the letter o in own.
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How is typo used in real life?
Typos happen when you text too fast or forget to proofread your work. The word itself is informal, but most people use typo instead of typographical error even in professional settings.
This is the best typo I've ever seen. Maybe even better than "causal cognition" ➡ "casual cognition". https://t.co/MLv6N4EbNa
— Olivia Guest (banshee/bantheyy) 🧟♀️ Ολίβια Γκεστ (@o_guest) October 10, 2020
My keyboard got updated so if you see some weird typos in my tweets just know I'm still to blame because I coulda checked before sending
— Goddammit, Deb (@SomeRandomBee) July 28, 2020
for someone who always corrects people’s grammar, I sure do have a lot of typos
— madi harmer (@madiharmer) October 8, 2020
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Thankfully we caught the typo before the ad was published—otherwise people would have thought that we were having a garbage sale.
How to use typo in a sentence
Unfortunately, her documents are peppered with typos, and reading her emails is like solving a puzzle.My boss’s writing is full of errors, and I want to help her improve|Karla Miller|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
Carefully go through your descriptions to ensure there are no grammar mistakes and typos.Eight simple steps to write epic product descriptions that boost conversions|Ricky Hayes|January 29, 2021|Search Engine Watch
She started by fixing a single typo and has gone on to become an administrator who spends between one and four hours a day editing stories.On its 20th birthday, Wikipedia might be safest place online|Heather Kelly|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
On one hand, an AI that still understands when you make a typo or say something garbled, as another human could, would be useful.Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language|Will Heaven|January 12, 2021|MIT Technology Review
These editors chemically transform one DNA base into another, essentially fixing typos that can lead to disease.A bacterial toxin enables the first mitochondrial gene editor|Jack J. Lee|July 13, 2020|Science News
The iPhone, with its apps and video capabilities and typo-prone keyboard system, was for play; the BlackBerry was for work.
One has to read Donoghue a few times to fill in the blanks, and there are many blanks; is “Pet” perhaps a typo for “Peter”?
Making matters worse, half of the 23 wards where the typo was made are majority African-American.
I saw him make a typo and almost corrected him, but figured it was better to just keep my mouth shut.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Only one typo found and corrected; susceptibility was misspelled as “susceptibilty”.Educational Work of the Girl Scouts|Louise Stevens Bryant
Page 22: In the line: "There are homes are our natal, and nothing is fatal," the first "are" may be a typo for "our."The Sylvan Cabin|Edward Smyth Jones
Page 30, "gambling hells" is likely a typo but is reproduced as printed.Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia|Author of "Old Broadbrim"
Remarks on the text: Page 17: Bremenhaven possibly typo for Bremerhaven.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various