Sopt the Tpyos and Wednesday's Words a little early

Whose guilty of typos? I'm not. I have nevver had a typo in my life. HEHEH . Anyone reading my blog or comments will notice I have a few that always pop up.

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I blame my keyboard. The poor thing just can't keep up with my brain power you know. Plus I hit the submit button before reading. Did I also tell you how patient I was? So I thought this Wednesday's words would be typos or typographical errors as they are actually called.

According to wikipedia:
A typographical error (often shortened to typo) is a mistake made in, originally, the manual type-setting (typography) of printed material, or more recently, the typing process.

You hit the wrong key or forget a letter. I'm bad about hitting the keys in the wrong order and tada..... a beautiful natural typo. It's pretty easy to fix these now with the back button, delete and spell check. Remember in the old days when you had to white out the error? Ghastly!!

I for one LOVE spell check. Mainly because I can read the same page over and over and still miss the typo. Let me tell you why. It's cuz we're real smart ya see. Our brains have developed so much in the language department that when we read the words our brain can tell what it is even if the letters are arranged incorrectly. Don't believe me? Check this out:

Aoccdrnig to rseerach at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

PS: Hwo'd yuo lkie to run tihs by yuor sepll ckehcer?

I found this at Brain Connection and they have a fantastic article on the power of the brain and language. According to this website this is part of the explanation:

"The point of this line of research is that proficient readers read most words (except very long ones) principally through the first and last letters and a rapid recognition of the general shape and content of the entire word. That's why we typically read misspelled words with no trouble."

Wired Science has a neat article on another brain phenomenon. Basically it states that our brain picks up on the typo when we are typing even if we consciously don't notice it. In their tests the researchers found our fingers will actually slow down after a typo although our active mind doesn't realize it. Now if I can just figure out how to get the Muse to do something with out me asking her too.

So the next time your hurrying along and make a mistake just blame it on your brain power. It noticed but didn't feel like bothering to tell you.

Do you make the same typos over and over? Do typos in blogs and comments bother you?


  1. Since I'm fairly proficient at the keyboard, my fingers usually tell me when I've made a typo. Actually, now I'm wondering about that, since the screen also broadcasts every glaring error.

    Most people are careful about checking their blog posts, so the odd typo doesn't bother me at all. Typos in comments? I've been known to make a few, especially if I don't read again before I hit that button.

  2. J.L.
    Welcome. The screen does like to blare it out for you doesn't it. I'm so bad about hitting submit before I read. I need to work on that. Nice to meet you and hope to see you around more and at your blog as well.

  3. I mkae tpyoes all teh tmie :)
    I even miss entire words when I'm typing really fast. My fingers can't catch up to my brain.

  4. I type too fast as well. I'm usually good at reading stuff, but I'm better at proofing after a day or two. Here's a trick - try reading it upside down. You might catch'em.

  5. Great post. I remember reading something about this in several articles recently. It is kind of crazy how your brain figures it out anyway.

  6. Yuppers... even though I re-read my comments and blog posts AND WiP about a billion times, I still manage to do it... I have a terrible habit of actually leaving whole words out too!

  7. Stopping by to say hey to a fellow crusader. I've actually seen that research typo thing before and think it's pretty cool how that works.

  8. Lynda,
    I do too and when I reread it I'll get confused because I won't understand what I typed. :)

    Just how sober do you think I am? HEHE I have heard that before somewhere.

    I love finding research about how the brain works. Makes me feel smarter sometimes and really dumb others.

    Writing Nut,
    HEHE you sound just like me.

    HI *waves* fellow crusader.

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  10. I've noticed that I make the same fingers sometimes don't understand what my brain is telling them. :)

    New follower...

  11. I would write three times as fast if I didn't have to go back every third letter to fix a typo! Too bad we can't just leave them in and rely on the brain science above to assume people will figure out what we meant!

  12. Sylvia,
    Thanks your so very kind. great. I'll go check it out and mention it on a later post.

    Nice to meet you *waves*. I do the same typos too!! Mostly teh instead of the.

    You said it. "Dear Agent, Please ignore the tupos. I know you can read it soooo...." I'm sure that would work. hehe

  13. I use spell check all of the time. But it doesn't catch everything. It never fails, after I publish a post, five minutes later my phone is ringing. It's my mom...editing my typos.


  14. I am the WORST at typos! I'm a fast but very inaccurate typer. Worse, these days, I find myself not even bothered if I *do* make a typo! My standards are slipping.

  15. I make typos all the time. I glance over those that I make frequently in not only my own work, but in manuscripts I am critiquing as well. Like you said, my mind automatically fills in the right letters.

  16. raising marshmellows,
    UM Can I call you RM or raising? Love the name. Welcome and hope to see you around and over at your blog too. I love that your mom is calling you out on yout typos. too funny

    LOL blame it on the wine. NO blame it on the LACK of wine so you have an excuse to drink more.

    Crazy brain power right?

  17. Typos *do* bother me, even on blogs. But not everything can be perfect : )

  18. Elena,
    Aw come on you nkow I'm perfect. ;)

  19. Hiya,

    You're blog looks so fun! I'm excited to get to know you better.

    Have a great day,


  20. My keyboard is sick, my typos are enormous. I can't spot them often. Until after i push send. they they are neon. I can however see them a mile a way in others work.

    i need a super-powered editor for MY work

    I HATe typos in others work, but since i make so many myself i can't say anything at all can i!

    :-) great post and cute blog!!
    Constance crusader!


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