Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
By the way... there's a crossword at the bottom of this page
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Typos or The Keyboard Konspiracy
I hate and love typos. I hate them when I commit them and love them when others do. The internet is rife with them. I blame the keyboards, of course. It cannot be that we are all so klutzy that we just stumble them out. No, can't be that. Nor can it be that we are simply poor typists. It must be a conspiracy on the part of the Keyboards. I say that because certain typos are found all across the internet.
Certain typos are extremely common. I give you "teh", a typo so prevalent that it ought to become a legitimate spelling of "the". Its cousin is any word beginning with "th" at the start of a sentence. As in "THe quick red fox...etc." I notice, ironically, that I never typo the latter as "TEh quick red fox... etc." (I would add "ect" as a common typo but I think some people believe that is the correct abbreviation for "et cetera".)
Typos should not be confused with common misspellings. Typos are the result of minds operating faster than fingers. Misspellings are the result of minds not working. Or dyslexia. But I can't believe that every person who misspells words on a regular basis is dyslexic. No, there are people who are just too lazy to look it up or too arrogant to believe they cannot spell.
Some misspellings bug me greatly. Especially when they violate an easily remembered rule: "i before e except after c, or when sounding like a as in neighbor or weigh." (That would be "neighbour" for those of you in Canada, Australia, and the U.K.) The most common mangling of that seems to be "receive"; a word that is all too often written/typed as "recieve". I am reminded of a large type (as in font) instruction sticker on a printer in my office at work back in the late 70s. It had a line on it which stated: Set the printer to RECIEVE
This sticker was on every printer hooked up to a phone line in our office. It was likely on every printer hooked up to a phone in offices all over California and parts of Nevada. They were certainly in Pacific Telephone offices throughout the region. yet it seemed I was the only one to notice.