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    A typographist?

    I don't remember clearly but I am pretty sure I once read a thread here in our forum, a native speaker used a word looks like "a typographist" or something to describe someone who usually makes typos.

    I guess that word isn't a word at all but the native speaker made it up for fun. However, it makes perfect sense. I wonder if there is a word for someone who usually makes typo. If so, what is it?
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    Re: A typographist?

    Piscean calls himself 'Typoman'.

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    Re: A typographist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Piscean calls himself 'Typoman'.
    Much appreciated, Rover. Is "typoman" the only possible word? I remember at that time someone called you a "typo...ist", but I can't find that thread.

    Anyway, I appreciate your help.

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    Re: A typographist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Much appreciated, Rover. Is "typoman" the only possible word? I remember at that time someone called you a "typo...ist", but I can't find that thread.

    Anyway, I appreciate your help.
    If you look at Piscean's signature line, you'll see the explanation. It's not a commonly used word - it was a pun. It's not impossible but I doubt anyone would have used "typographist". It doesn't really work because it sounds like they meant "typographer" but got the wrong word. Also, don't forget that "typo" isn't just a shortened form of "typography/typographer/typographical" - it's a shortened form of "typographical mistake/error".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A typographist?

    We recently gave Piscean a blood test to see if we could find the cause of the problem. Turned out he was Typo positive.

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    Re: A typographist?

    A person who works type professionally is a typographer. There's no such thing as a typographist.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: A typographist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Much appreciated, Rover. Is "typoman" the only possible word? . . .
    Yes, it's the only possible word.

    As mentioned above, it's a joke.

    Typoman tells us he's a superhero, like Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and so on.

    And what are superheros? Crime stoppers. Agents of justice. Righters of wrongs.

    Typoman's super-power is his ability to make typos. He writes things wrong. He's a writer of rongs. (That's wrong spelled wrong.)

    Get it? Righter of wrongs versus writer of rongs.

    So if the name were something else (like Typographist), he wouldn't be a superhero, and it wouldn't be funny.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 07-Feb-2021 at 00:23.
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    Re: A typographist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    He is also being a superhero as a righter of wrongs - another pun.
    Oops. Thanks. That's what I meant. I just corrected it.

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    Re: A typographist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'm a typophile.
    Much appreciated, CB, for your explanation about the "righters of rongs". I like puns and I often read puns online.

    But how can I understand the above one written by Piscean? I know "file" sounds the same as "phile", but I don't think this one is a pun.

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    Re: A typographist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    But how can I understand the above one written by Piscean? I know "file" sounds the same as "phile", but I don't think this one is a pun.
    It's not. "Phile" is a rather complicated suffix. Its simplest meaning is "lover of", but it can also mean "frequent perpetrator of". In hemophilia ("hæmophilia" in British English), it means "attraction to" in a very broad sense.
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