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    When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    There are individuals who are nervous or they simply type too fast but when they type the wrong letter what do you call that kind of misspelling?

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Stromgol View Post
    There are individuals who are nervous or they simply type too fast but when they type the wrong letter what do you call that kind of misspelling?
    I call them typos.
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-May-2012 at 16:20. Reason: typos!

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    For information, "typo" is short for "typographical error".

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    I use typo for a mistake that results from a lack of keyboard skills rather than ignorance.

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I use typo for a mistake that results from a lack of keyboard skills rather than ignorance.
    So do I. It's very easy to mistype when you're in a hurry or you're nervous about something, resulting in typos. If you don't know how to spell a word and you type the letters that you think are used in the word, then it's a spelling error, not a typo.

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    When your in a real hurry sometimes you're brain sends a word that sounds like another to you're fingertips and you type what you here in your head insead of the write word even though you new what the write word should be.

    That happens sometimes too, when careful writing would always produce the correct word. I consider those typos too, even though it's not quite the same as saying "I lobe you" instead of "I love you."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When your in a real hurry sometimes you're brain sends a word that sounds like another to you're fingertips and you type what you here in your head insead of the write word even though you new what the write word should be.

    That happens sometimes too, when careful writing would always produce the correct word. I consider those typos too, even though it's not quite the same as saying "I lobe you" instead of "I love you."
    WARNING to unwary learners: Barb deliberately made seven typos in that splendid post..

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    WARNING to unwary learners: Barb deliberately made seven typos in that splendid post..
    I will leave identifying them to the readers as an exercise.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    I found eight.

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    Re: When individuals misspell words because they type wrong letter on computer

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When your in a real hurry sometimes you're brain sends a word that sounds like another to you're fingertips and you type what you here in your head insead of the write word even though you new what the write word should be.

    That happens sometimes too, when careful writing would always produce the correct word. I consider those typos too, even though it's not quite the same as saying "I lobe you" instead of "I love you."
    I respectfully disagree with the premise that the use of homophones falls into the 'typo' category. As Tdol so eloquently stated, "I use typo for a mistake that results from a lack of keyboard skills rather than ignorance." Typing "I lobe you" instead of "I love you" is a definite typo. It is a typo because the letters 'b' and 'v' are directly beside each other on the keyboard and a slip of the finger will easily produce the misspelling. Typing 'write' when the correct word should be 'right' requires a conscious effort on the part of the typist.

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