Origin of typo
1890–95; shortened form; see -o
- a combining form representing type in compound words: typography, typology.
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Related Wordsdeception, defect, exaggeration, blunder, blemish, weakness, failing, foible, glitch, fault, bug, pitfall, solecism, erratum, incorrectness, unfaithfulness, miscalculation, wrong, slip, mistake
Examples from the Web for typo
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”?This Week’s Hot Reads: Oct. 22, 2012
October 22, 2012
Making matters worse, half of the 23 wards where the typo was made are majority African-American.2010 Wackiest Candidate Awards
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November 1, 2010
Page 30, "gambling hells" is likely a typo but is reproduced as printed.Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia
Author of "Old Broadbrim"
Page 399: Retained Mormops, but possibly a typo for Mormoops.The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico
Since this seems like a typo, it has been changed to "finely powdered."The Candy Maker's Guide
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Page 397: Typo "then" corrected in "Legislature, and thne of"Homes of American Statesmen
Page 69: The term 'throgh cropping' is a typo for 'through cropping'.Clovers and How to Grow Them
- informal a typographical errorAlso called (Brit): literal
- variants of typ.
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Word Origin and History for typo
1816, short for typographer; 1892 as short for typographical error (see typography).
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