I made a ‘boo-boo’ in my last blog – or is it a Typo. I said the song ‘Unforgettable’ was written by Nat King Cole PORTER.
Wikipedia explains a Typo by saying it is a typographical error (often shortened to typo, plural typos,) a mistake made in the typing process (such as spelling, misuse of tense or leaving out a word) of printed material. Historically, this referred to mistakes in manual type-setting, (typography). The term includes errors due to mechanical failure or slips of the hand or finger. Before the arrival of printing, the “copyist’s mistake” or “scribal error” was the equivalent for manuscripts. Most typos involve simple duplication, omission,
transposition, or substitution of a small number of characters.
With Spellcheck, or a similar programme, spelling errors are usually highlighted unless you have typed a word incorrectly such as ‘hear’ instead of ‘here’, or ‘there’ instead of ‘their’, or ‘your’ instead of you’re (you are).
I once saw an absolutely awful advertisement (how’s that for alliteration!) from an editor which read:
‘If your looking for an editor, look no further…’ (I wonder how many takers they got?).
I have set my programme to English spelling because I was fed-up of my programme saying I had spelt ‘favourite’, or ‘colour’ incorrectly. (I am in favour of the American spelling ‘favorite’ and ‘color’ because what the heck has the letter ‘u’ to do with the pronunciation).
I used to be a Personnel Officer for the National Health Service back in the UK, and I would discard an application if an atrocious spelling mistake was made from a person who had applied for say, a job as a typist or secretary, but I was more lenient when they had applied for say, a nurse. All the posts, of course, called for a certain level of intelligence, but I felt in the latter case the work relied on caring skills rather than an ability to spell correctly.
In 2010, Gregorio Iniquez, the managing director of the Chilean Mint, was kicked out after he authorised the production of a 50 peso coin that spelled the country’s name incorrectly. It was spelled C H I I E instead of Chile. By the time he was sacked it was too late, the coins remain in circulation to this day. (I bet he got the cold shoulder for that error – sorry about this – ‘cold/chilly’!).