You've got to ask yourself: why did I write it, and after I’d written it, why didn't I pick this up? I know the difference between bowl and bowel – and why you would want to spoon something out of one, but not the other. I guess typos happen because typists are human, and it’s only human to make mistakes.
One theory puts a lot of typos down to the “fat-finger syndrome” where your fingers hit two keys at the same time on a keyboard or two buttons together on a touch screen. That could have been the case with my bowel typo – the “w” and “e” are next to each other on a QWERTY keyboard.
Simply trying to write something too quickly is another reason for typos. Recent Search Engine Optimization research has indicated that misspellings probably occur in around 10% of search queries. Typo-squatters actually use this to make money by registering a possible typo of a well-known website address hoping to get traffic when internet users mistype that address into a web browser. Or even more sneakily, they deliberately put typos into a webpage or its metadata so that search engines direct people who make this error to the site.
Here are some typos that obviously didn’t make it through the checking processes.
These two prove that no word is saef from the typo-bug:
“Germans are so small that there may be as many as one billion, seven hundred million of them in a drop of water.” – Mobile Press US
“I have a graduate degree in unclear physics.” – job application
Sometimes writers should really hang their heads in shame:
Sometimes the correction is funnier than the original typo:
This first appeared as a guest blog on The Right Book For You.