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.
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?