Grammar Chaos: The Perils of Typo

Posted on Feb 01, 2017

In October 2010, Sarah Pompei meant to tweet in support of Meg Whitman for California governor. She sent out the tweet reading, “SD Cnty Sheriff Assoc says @Whitman2010 4 gov! RT: @Murphy4MegNews: CA Cops get it: Jerry Brown is too soft on crime”

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Nothing seems wrong, right? Except instead of the link leading to a video proving this show of support, it went to something else entirely: a Japanese band singing in tutus. The tweet had already reached thousands of people, and in the midst of all the confusion, Pompei could only offer one word in reply:


Typos, short for typographical errors, are mistakes made during the typing process that are published. Typos started in manual typesetting and include errors caused by mechanical failure or slips of the hand or finger. Another kind of typo is when writers of formal papers write “(insert here)” but forget to replace it before having the paper published. Typos could be very detrimental to the reputation of writers and publishers.

Surprisingly, there is quite a variety of typos: simple letter duplication, omission, transposition, or substitution. Often, typos are caused by slips of the finger, or the “fat-finger syndrome,” where the finger is bigger than the keyboard or touch key, causing someone to hit two keys unintentionally.

The rise of the Internet age has given typos a place in modern language. Chat rooms have given birth to terms such as teh (the) and pwned (owned). Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting that relies on typos. For example, a cybersquatter may use the domain in the hopes that users will enter the wrong web page to drive traffic to their website.

Regardless of their popularity, typos are still part of informal language and should always be corrected. Typos may not seem chaotic, but in the wrong situations, they could be. For example, an AirAsia Flight from Sydney to Malaysia ended up in Melbourne after the captain incorrectly entered the location of the plane in the navigation system. The captain accidentally omitted a zero, and the system placed the plane eleven thousand kilometers away from its true location. Luckily, the plane managed to land safely in Melbourne.

History has proven that there are two ways to deal with typos: correct them as soon as they are made or look over your work more than once. Better yet, have your work proofread by your proofreading buddy, 1-Hour Proofreading. With 1HP, your documents are guaranteed typo-free.


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