Mighty Red Pen

December 5, 2007

Curser versus cursor

Filed under: Uncategorized,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 5:08 pm

This typo came across MRP’s desk recently:

Using their curser, students can easily change variables such as the type of display and the scale of the graph.

Okay, here’s the deal: When you are talking about someone who put a hex on you, that’s a curser. When you are talking about the blinky thing on your computer screen that tells you where to type, that’s a cursor.

Unless you’re Harry Potter, in which case maybe you do use a curser to help you do your math homework.

5 Comments »

  1. A curser used the cursor to curse her.

    Comment by Elisabeth — December 5, 2007 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  2. No wait, wait.

    A curser used the cursor to curse her. What a cur, sir!

    Comment by Elisabeth — December 5, 2007 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  3. Writers on my mag sometimes get confused between ‘adapter’ (person) and ‘adaptor’ (thing). There must be other pairs out there…

    Comment by JD — December 10, 2007 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  4. JD, Can’t think of another off the top of my head, but I’m sure you’re right . . . adapter/adaptor could be a pretty funny one, I imagine.

    Comment by mightyredpen — December 10, 2007 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  5. Also, Elisabeth, well done!

    Comment by mightyredpen — December 10, 2007 @ 7:48 pm | Reply


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