Typo hunts and other things to do

August 8, 2010

Ha, between planning for the upcoming Florida Press Club banquet in October, motivating myself to finish a restaurant review and book review for the News-Journal, plus nabbing possible freelance work — relax HR, nothing against my contract — it’s easy to forget to update. Very easy because I thought I had linked to an interesting interview about “The Great Typo Hunt” on Salon.

Not surprisingly, I love looking for typos.

The author of the book makes a great point:

Typos cloud communication, which is the primary purpose of writing. If your text has typos, it’s going to take your readers longer to read it. If typos get in the way of your text, it’s going to cause a problem, especially today, where you often only have a second to grab your reader’s attention. It can also be a warning sign that whatever text you’re looking at was created by someone who might not be paying that much attention.

Can I get an amen?

Seriously, if I see typos, I think: Low credibility. I don’t like having to read over a passage again and again. I’m not talking about speakers of English as a foreign language making mistakes— often, I find non-natives have better English — or the occasional mistake. It happens.

But if you see nothing wrong with these phrases, others may not take you seriously:

“Me and I so-and-so bought…” So-and-so and I bought

“They was…” They were

“I would of” I would’ve. I would have

Once you realize your sore points or someone calls you out on it, it’s amazing how often you notice others making the same mistakes you did, and in the case of spelling bees, you never misspell that word again!

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