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Worst typo ever | Worst typo ever

blair-kilpatrick's picture
Feb.24.2010
Reading the "worst typos ever" blogs has left me laughing . . . and free associating. I'm now starting to come up with a close cousin to typos.  The verbal typo.   The malapropism. If memory serves me right, the term  is based on a character from Molière, one  Mrs. Malaprop.  Instead of...
helen-mallon's picture
Feb.21.2010
Admittedly, my boss's handwriting could be hard to read, but I'd been working for him for over a year when I made the typo.  I was 26; my ordinary job felt like a big deal.  I was self-supporting for the first time in the choppy wake of a hellacious marriage of 8 years. My boss’s title was the...
jessica-doyle's picture
Feb.19.2010
My first semester of grad school I TA'd a section of a Theatre 101 class.  It was a writing intensive class, on par with English 101, but using plays instead of traditional English lit.  I was 22 and had never taught a class before in my life, but when the e-mail came out asking for TA volunteers (...
red-room-well-red's picture
Feb.19.2010
This week, we asked Red Room to blog about the Worst Typo Ever. Right off, it was clear that teachers were going to write about the typos their students submitted. What a relief to discover that the late-night papers over which we ourselves agonized gave our English teachers such glee. In fact,...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
Feb.19.2010
 As writers, we become hypervigilant about typos.  They suggest carelessness, if not ineptness.  During the submission process, our fate can hang in the balance.  We're shocked and indignant when we find typos in published books.  "Where was the editor?" we demand. Lately, though, I've...
tanya-egan-gibson's picture
Feb.19.2010
Eight lines in, I spotted the homophone error.  Though twelve years later I can't recall the exact misuse (there/their? your/you're? to/too/two?), I do remember thinking that even a million such errors couldn't detract from the quality of the poem.  The high school student who had written it was...
catherine-nagle's picture
Feb.19.2010
I was frustrated sitting at my computer while searching for a word to write and eagerly waiting for my fourteen- year-old son to come home from school.  Shortly after, he hollers, “Hi mom, I’m home!”  He prances through the house, throws his school bag down, opens the refrigerator, and...
nancy-hirstein-smith's picture
Feb.19.2010
I work in high-tech and read a lot of emails from non-native English writers. Typos abound in my world. Most of them are slips of the fingers, misspellings and possibly even confusion about how the English language works. Some are charming, like someone who messed up "Tech Pubs" and typed...
steve-hauk's picture
Feb.18.2010
I once wrote a farce called ``Typo','' about a newspaper changing ownership and managment. The stress level on the staff was extreme, so the typographical errors multiplied. The more tension, the more typo's. The inverted pyramid was atwirl. Natural farce stuff. Of course, typo's are much feared by...
stefania-holmes's picture
Feb.18.2010
It is hard enough to write the plot and trying to syntax the proper grammar. My worst typos are in Italian version of grammar as I write in English. It is fustrating to see my writing while  revising the words there is no flow in the grammar. Some of my writing is too wordie, because I write about...