When you type something, then read back what you wrote, you might find you’ve made little mistakes called “typos.” Short for “typographical errors.” People these days see a lot of typos. In their words, and in the words of others.
This is because writing has become influenced by the fast-paced, loosey-goosey style of texts, emails, social media posts and desktop publishing. Sure, you can run “spell check,” but sometimes you just don’t. The world of words is pretty much awash in typos.
There’s a former English teacher on the North Shore who’s a natural at spotting typos. If you showed her your writing on a regular basis, you’d eventually become a “typochondriac.” A word coined just now, meaning “a person overly worried about typos.”
This typo-guru lady has been known to discover misspelled words in movie credits as they crawl on the screen. She finds them in news broadcasts. Even in published books, magazines, newspapers and outdoor ads.
She pointed out that Priscilla Avenue, a street in Highland Park, was misspelled on its own street sign! It read “Priscillia.” You could have lived there for years, and never noticed.
Typos don’t cause much trouble; most people don’t catch them. Or maybe such little mistakes have just become the “new normal” in today’s word-world. But, trying to create a chunk of writing without them can make you a typochondriac, and you need to see a proof-reader about that.
Is there a typo in this week’s colum? Could be, although you might not spot it. After all, chances are you’re not saddled with typochondria, like some of us.