Ode to a Typo

Typo by Roberto Blake

I red four you

The hole way though

Write form page on

Two the end of page too

I should of scene

You hidding their

I do now how to spell

I swear!

 

Got typo troubles? Here are three tips that can help:

  1. Leave some time between writing and reviewing, even if it’s only a few minutes.
  2. If you’re writing online, review it on paper.
  3. Read it out loud.

Or, if all else fails, just say “I meant to do that.” 🙂

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Amazing image by Roberto Blake

I’m experimenting with posting quick tips — let me know what you think! (And yes, that is my attempt at a poem.)

Do you have your own typo tales or tips to share?

 

© Sue Archer and Doorway Between Worlds, 2015

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30 thoughts on “Ode to a Typo

  1. I always reread everything before I post it, send it, or print it. Like you suggest, I wait a short time. It’s amazing how I’ll find a ‘here’ instead of ‘hear’, or something similar. Our minds work so quickly that our fingers don’t always keep up and type what they should.

    I like the quick tips. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks, Anabel! Yes, that’s a bit of an odd one for me, too. I tend to be more prone to the form / from and though /through issues. But I’ve seen “should of” listed as one of the more common errors that can happen.

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  2. Sometimes I will keep typing the wrong word without realizing it–it’s frustrating! I once had someone go on about the difference between “waist” and “waste” and I was like, “I already know the difference.” They then pointed it out how I made the mistake not once, but several times in my writing. It was so embarrassing. I still catch myself doing that. It definitely helps to take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes. 🙂

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    1. It is definitely frustrating! I find that happens to me when I am tired. (There / their is a big one for me – and I do know the difference.) I pride myself on my attention to detail, so I cringe every time I see something like that. But then I remind myself we’re all human. 🙂

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  3. I only have the usual sorts of typo stories. The discovery after publication of something impossible to correct that I left out the one word that reversed the whole meaning of the sentence and reduced the paragraph to gibberish, that sort of thing.

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  4. Oh my…. that was so painful to read!! So short, but my eyes kept going back like the clack of a typewriter for every typo to make sure it was gone, haha. Great little poem, Sue!

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