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It's not a typo, you just wrote it wrong

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Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:05:06

A typo is when your brain knows what you wanted to write but your fingers got it wrong.

"teh" instead of "the", for example

or "it'sn ot" when you meant to write "it's not"

If you spell something wrong or use the wrong word when there's no plausible way that your fingers could have done it on their own, it's not a typo.

OutsSelf Tue 07-Feb-17 08:06:53

'Wrote it wrong' sounds incorrect to me. Was it a typo, OP? <ducks>

Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:07:48

Also - it's only a selfie if the person in the picture took it THEMSELVES

notagiraffe Tue 07-Feb-17 08:08:17

Not true. I'm an editor and get paid a fortune to write professionally. But I sent an email to a client yesterday which said 'I now' instead of 'I know.' Should have checked it, but was in a hurry and it was one of those emails you dash off, not one that requires thought for its content. It looked ignorant but was a typo.

MorrisZapp Tue 07-Feb-17 08:10:43

Agree. 'queue MIL kicking off...' isn't a typo. It's the wrong word.

Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:11:55

That was one letter different notagiraffe - that perfectly fits my description of a typo.

SprogletsMum Tue 07-Feb-17 08:13:06

The selfie thing gives me the rage. I see so many pictures on fb titled 'selfie of my princesses' which has clearly been taken by their mum from across the room angry

motherinferior Tue 07-Feb-17 08:13:06

Yes! Yes! And thrice yes!

Bluebellevergreen Tue 07-Feb-17 08:13:40

Shouldn't it be "wrote it wrongly"? Or in a wrong manner?

Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:13:52

Hi OutsSelf - some would say "wrote it wrongly" - it depends on your beliefs regarding the use of adverbs. I think "wrote it wrong" makes a stronger ending to the sentence.

motherinferior Tue 07-Feb-17 08:14:17

It is also not 'taken out of context' if you just decide later it was a bit unfortunate and you shouldn't have said it.

motherinferior Tue 07-Feb-17 08:15:37

How about 'you just wrote the wrong word'? Actually strengthens the point?

Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:16:05

It is taken out of context if you say "I'm easy" when people ask if you prefer Assam or English Breakfast and they use it to suggest that you are sexually promiscuous.

Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:18:06

"Wrote the wrong word" is pretty good.

"It's not a typo it's just the wrong word" would also have been good.

BUT sometimes non-typos come in the form of misspellings rather than entirely-different words.

Eolian Tue 07-Feb-17 08:19:47

Yy to all the above. A poster accused me of taking her words out of context recently. No. I quoted the whole stupid thing you said. How is that out of context?

The wrong/wrongly thing is interesting. I guess it's arguable that if you use 'wrong', it is describing 'it', whereas if you use 'wrongly', it's describing how you wrote. I'm a bit of a stickler but I think 'wrong' sounds better in that sentence.

Trills Tue 07-Feb-17 08:22:46

Thanks - glad I'm not the only one who likes my sentence.

I hear it in my head pushing down on the last word.

"You did it wrong "

AgentProvocateur Tue 07-Feb-17 08:34:52

Yes, to all of the above.

Rockpebblestone Tue 07-Feb-17 08:49:35

Don't agree.

If someone types something incorrectly, no matter what the reason, it is still a typographical error. Thus explaining it as a 'typo' is correct.

Splitting hairs over the definition regarding the reason for the mistake just seems mean to me. Is is somehow more excusable for the fingers to make the mistake out of a lack of dexterity than the memory to make a mistake regarding how something is spelt? I don't think so particularly.

Rockpebblestone Tue 07-Feb-17 08:50:27

Spot the typo! wink

SoupDragon Tue 07-Feb-17 08:52:40

With the advent of autocorrect, typos turn themselves into "just the wrong word" with no further input from the person typing. Thus is is a typo on the part of the person typing.

StealthPolarBear Tue 07-Feb-17 08:57:24

Sprog let I suspect in a year or two we'll be told the word self has evolved to mean an image captured electronically. The word 'photograph' will be relegated to the same box as 'film' that has been replaced by 'movie'.

MrsNuckyThompson Tue 07-Feb-17 09:26:58

I agree OP.

There is a typo (typographical error when you just hit the wrong key/missed a key etc) and a spelling mistake where you just don't know how to spell.

Big difference

ErrolTheDragon Tue 07-Feb-17 09:36:21

But it's not always possible to tell a typo from a mis-spelling, especially a typo mangled by autocorrect.

Discrete instead of discreet or vv could be a typo. Rein might be a typo for reign, less likely the other way round. Unfortunately the more mistakes made, for whatever reason, the more likely people will become confused as to which is correct.

Rockpebblestone Tue 07-Feb-17 09:38:31

"A typographical error (often shortened to typo) is a mistake made in the typing process (such as a spelling mistake) of printed material. Historically, this referred to mistakes in manual type-setting (typography)."
Typographical error - Wikipedia

So Wikipedia agree with me...

scaryclown Tue 07-Feb-17 09:41:55

You wrote it INCORRECTLY .its an adverb. Wrong is a be wrong. writing something incorrectly makes it wrong.


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