Are typos evre okay?
I fondly refer to them as “fan mail”. They’re the emails sent from concerned readers pointing out typos in articles and I love them for it.
Typos are evil. They make a person look silly, slapdash and unprofessional and have a nasty little habit of appearing in any article that you write disclosing the evils of poor spelling and grammar. So watch this space.
Typos also appear in the comments section. Just yesterday banter broke out between Emma and Susan on my piece about texting. Emma pointed out a typo, Susan reprimanded Emma’s typo in her comment about my typo and so it continued.
Typos are part of life. Ever since some nameless ancient Egyptian put two little birdies instead of one above the spooky eye thing, we’ve been making them.
In the modern day there are certain arenas where it is acceptable to make typos. No one expects your passionate Facebook update or witty Tweet or text to be typo-free. We’re communicating fast, not flawlessly.
The obvious exception to the new regime is if you are Tweeting or Facebooking in an official capacity. People expect official tweets from companies or politicians to be spelt right.
I’m not sure I see it that way. If it’s okay for me to say, “hey check this cak I just baked” then I say it’s okay for everybody.
Take Mitt Romney who was just outed for three typos in three weeks. His social media campaign has been taken to task by a Tweeter who goes by the name of @typohunter, AKA San Diego developer and proof reader Kari Embree.
On three separate Facebook updates, America was spelled “Amercia”, sneak peek “sneak peak” and official, “offcial”.
Not a great look for a social media site for the presumptive nominee of the presidential race. But does Romney deserve to be hung, drawn and quartered for THIS?
I say no - they’re hardly the worst typos in the world. It’s not like those words are hard to spell, they’re more casualties of a fast typist who is neglectful in checking over their work.
Except for “sneak peak”, that’s harder to explain. Strange really, given that I have been known to send a certain editor several emails with that exact typo in the header. I think it’s because it just looks better than the correct spelling, the “eak” is so satisfying the first time you type it, your brain just wants to do it again.
Romney’s typos also appeared on his Facebook page and frankly, typos are slightly more forgivable on Facebook because you can fix them so quickly. Just login, delete or make a quick change and the humiliation is all over in a matter of minutes.
Unlike mugs. Especially commemorative mugs, like the whole series designed for Barack Obama’s recent trip to Australia that were destroyed when someone realised the big, fat typo on the man’s name – a double “r” in Barack.
Department of Parliamentary Services staff were said to be so horrified by the realisation that they crushed the whole lot up and buried them in the foundations of the building.
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