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What is a typographical error?
A typographical error is a mistake made when typing something. Typographical errors are very commonly called typos for short.
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 typographical error.
Typographical errors often result in misspellings, but, technically, not all misspellings are typos. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to call a misspelling a typographical error 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 typographical error right on the title slide.
Where does typographical error come from?
The term typographical error has been used since at least the early 1800s, and it has been shortened as typo since at least 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, typographical errors 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 typographical errors 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 typographical errors as part of their job (though some inevitably slip by).
Some modern slang terms are based on typographical errors. The slang word pwn probably originated from people mistakenly typing the letter p instead of the letter o in own.
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Typographical errors happen when you text too fast or forget to proofread your work. The word typo is informal, but most people use typo instead of typographical error even in professional settings.
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Thankfully we caught the typographical error before the ad was published—otherwise people would have thought that we were having a garbage sale.
How to use typographical error in a sentence
Everyone out there who says, “Charlie Hebdo provoked,” is making the same fundamental error.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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But as everyone knows, he went on to say—not once but many times—that that was the greatest error of his career by far.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The misidentification has since been corrected, and The Daily Beast regrets the error.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.
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My mother now tells me that she knew of this mistake, an error of the New York paper in copying the item from a Southern journal.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
It was a fatal error, for though the Spanish people might despise their King, they were intensely proud of their nationality.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
It was an error not to separate borrowing entirely from monetary issues.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Consequently he was able to turn in a clear essay upon the subject, which, upon examination, the king found to be free from error.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike