Mighty Red Pen

July 19, 2011

Our typos, ourselves

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:22 pm

H/t to Brian for finding this little tidbit.

As a an editor myself, I think it’s important for those of us in the profession to push ourselves further and longer to eradicate these simple typos. Don’t you?



  1. I love the typos that demonstrate nobody reread their copy. Such a complete lack of care taken in the creation of that material demonstrates to me that I can safely ignore anything it might be trying to say; after all, if they can’t even get close to the right word, how can I trust them to even get close to the right facts?

    Comment by Chris Barts — July 20, 2011 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  2. I’d also like to see an author be consistent about “person” – either we or you, ours or yours; not both in the same graf!

    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — July 20, 2011 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

  3. When a typo is not a typo?

    i vs I vs Me

    Why is it so many on the internet
    convey themselves as “i”?

    Is it in disrespect of conventions
    to show they are nonconformists?

    Are they elementary school drop outs
    no better if home-schooled?

    Are they just too busy or lazy
    for a combined peck?

    Are they shy
    as like a dark hole in the universe?

    If you ask them why they do it
    they are likely to call you a nitpicker;
    while adding that anyone should know
    that an “i” standing alone—means “me”
    and so, is not a typo.


    Comment by philc33 — August 3, 2011 @ 8:25 am | Reply

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