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Finding Typos That Spell-Checker Missed - Part II

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Over a year ago, I posted an article from my Grammar Tips & Tidbits newsletter (formerly known as Weekly Grammar Tips) called "Finding Typos That Spell-Checker Missed." I received a great response from my readers as well as my fellow VAnetworking members, so I wrote a sequel! In this post, I'll be adding to the list of common typos that spell-checker won't catch.

 

When we're typing at light speed, it's very easy to skip or transpose letters. Most of the time, these mistakes result in non-words that spell-checker immediately recognizes as errors. However, we sometimes leave behind legitimate words with totally different meanings than the words we intended to type. These typos are real words, so spell-checker doesn't recognize them as errors.

 

Here are some additional examples of these tricky typos:

  • an vs. and
  • are vs. area
  • bank vs. blank
  • bee vs. been
  • card vs. care
  • choked vs. chocked
  • contact vs. contract
  • diner vs. dinner
  • ever vs. every
  • feel vs. fell
  • files vs. flies
  • how vs. hot
  • is vs. it
  • not vs. now
  • on vs. one
  • our vs. out
  • posed vs. posted
  • provide vs. provider
  • pubic vs. public
  • quit vs. quite
  • rogue vs. rouge
  • sacred vs. scared
  • star vs. start
  • stated vs. started
  • stop vs. stoop
  • thing vs. think
  • trail vs. trial
  • who vs. how

More than anything, this list illustrates the importance of proofreading your writing—and not relying on your spell-checker! In the first post on this topic, we discussed a number of proofreading techniques for spotting these types of mistakes. If you missed it, you can read it here.

 

We're all pressed for time, which makes it difficult to re-read all the correspondence we send from our computers. However, if there's any chance that the recipient of your writing will be less than impressed with typos scattered throughout your e-mail message, it's crucial to proof every word before hitting the "Send" button!

 

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Thanks for this, Angela, and thanks for the link to your original post about this topic. We all seem to be moving at the speed of light - typing AND when we have to proofread something - so I'm sure I'll find your tips quite useful. It is part of my spazzy nature to be in 5th gear most of the time. This is a good thing, for the most part, as it lends to my multi-tasking/"juggling" skills which I prize as one of my strong points, but it also means that I have to force myself to slow down and really READ what I'm looking at when proofing. I have a feeling that most of us VA's are in this same boat, so your tips are sure to be super useful to many!

 

Thanks again!

 

Marie :balloon:

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Thanks Angela! One should never rely exclusively on spell check! Correct spelling of the wrong word in usage can happen too easily as your lists illustrate.

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Thanks, Angela!

 

I'm so glad you shared this, I caught myself last night about ready to send an email that was full of typos and grammar issues. If I hadn't taken the time to read it, my client would have thought I was smoking crack!!! rolf

 

Seriously, though, this is an important topic and I appreciate you posting a link to your first writings on the subject! We all need a reminder to slow down and make sure our words make sense before we put them out there for all to see.

 

LindaQ

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Thanks for your comments, ladies! I'm glad you found this helpful.

 

Our fingers really have memories of their own sometimes. For example, my husband's name is Justin, so every time I type the word "just," I find myself typing "justin" purely out of habit. I can only imagine what my clients would think if I sent an email with "justin" scattered throughout! LOL :blink:

 

It's definitely tempting to hit the "Send" button before proofreading an email, but I almost always find something that needs to be clarified or corrected, so for me it's worth the effort. It also improves general communication with my clients, which is a huge bonus!

 

Thanks again,

 

Angela

 

 

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