posts tagged with the keyword ‘typo’

2007.09.22

I am going to propose a new rule for IM communication. Ok, not so much a rule as a suggestion: Only correct typos that drastically change the meaning of the message, or that a reasonably logical person might misunderstand.

Supposedly your mind can recognize errors in text and correct for them. So let’s use that.

Here’s an example, if you are chatting with someone and they say:

them [12:44]: OMG, I am so hungry, I'm gonna go grab luncg
them [12:44]: lunch
you: [12:45]: get a burrito! 

Ok, you see how he (the “them” guy) corrected himself, and typed “lunch” after they typed the word “luncg”? I think it may be unnecessary to do so. I got enough context clues from the time (12:44) and the mention of being hungry to know they meant “lunch” and not “luncg” (Unless “Luncg” is someone they work with, which could be bad.)

So that’s my idea for today. I’m sure you’ve come across countless examples of this happening. Just think how much time you would save by not fixing a simple typo unless clarification was required.

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