Holy dungarees! I found this typo on a posh designer’s site. The good news is that even though denim’s spelling is cut from a different cloth in this case, we know what was intended. I call this typo “the neighboring key effect.” The letter N is close to M on the keyboard, thus causing this typo.
I often type “if” when I mean “of.” What can I say? The letter I neighbors the O on the keyboard. It is a common and pesky occurrence. Once again, this instance sometimes escapes the spell-check net. So please:
- Slow down.
- Leave your writing and come back to it refreshed.
- Use a second pair of eyes.
What typos do you make that are courtesy of the neighboring key effect? I open the floor to you.
Happy reading and writing, my friends!
Sean C. Wright is the author of the novella Honey Riley and short stories Bubble Bath Twelve, Hazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.
Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for The Real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.