noun, plural ty·pos.Informal.
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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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- typos (plural)
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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.
Example sentences 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”?
Making matters worse, half of the 23 wards where the typo was made are majority African-American.
Page 6: 'toughtest' may be correct (poetic licence), or a typo for 'toughest'.
Page 309: The phrase 'ground through self-feeding' is a typo for 'ground through self-seeding'.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
Nekhludoff was kept in the following sentence to match the original, and because it wasn't a simple printer's typo.The Awakening|Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
When the creature lay still he commanded one of his typo for followers to take it up.The Forgotten Planet|Murray Leinster
Page 377: there is a typo in regard to the annual interest paid as stated in the original.Western Scenes and Reminiscences|Henry Rowe Schoolcraft