Typos Spell Checker Will Miss

Today I ran across a sentence that had the following error:

The plot in Figure 1 shows the dominant rage of the property is between 1 and 2.

Well, we certainly don’t want to get this particular property anywhere between 1 and 2, because it will fly off into a dominating rage! I’m sure the author meant “range,” but Spell Checker didn’t find anything wrong with the statement, as “rage” is a real word. This is why I’m paid the big bucks: to catch that sort of typo.

Architectural proofreader Angela Smith has compiled a nice list of common typos that Spell Checker will not catch on her Accu.Assist website: www.accu-assist.com. These are mainly formed by transposing two letters, by leaving out one letter, or by typing a nearby letter instead of the correct one, with the resulting error still being recognized as a bona fide word.
I have included her list below with a couple of additions of my own. (Thanks, Angela.)

●   am vs. an vs. and

●   angel vs. angle

●   arc vs. are vs. area

●   bank vs. blank

●   be vs. bee vs. been

●   being vs. begin

●   card vs. care vs. car

●   causal vs. casual

●   choke vs. chock

●   contact vs. contract

●   diner vs. dinner

●   even vs. ever vs. every

●   feel vs. fell

●   files vs. flies

●   form vs. from

●   god vs. good

●   her vs. here

●   how vs. hot

●   is vs. it vs. in vs. if

●   know vs. now

●   man vs. many

●   manger vs. manager

●   meat vs. meant

●   moth vs. month

●   not vs. now

●   note vs. not

●   of vs. off

●   on vs.  one

●   or vs. of  vs. on

●   our vs. out

●   posed vs. posted

●   provide vs. provider

●   pubic vs. public

●   quit vs. quite

●   red vs. read

●   read vs. ready

●   rogue vs. rouge

●   sacred vs. scared

●   sing vs. sign

●   sun vs. son vs. soon

●   star vs. start

●   stated vs. started

●   stop vs. stoop

●   thing vs. think

●   through vs. thorough

●   trail vs. trial

●   who vs. how

●   won  vs. own

●   word  vs. world

●   you vs. your

Notice that many of these are very short words that your eyes virtually skip over. Most of the remaining ones look so similar to the word you are expecting that your brain parses it for you anyway. The only way to catch them is to read each individual word slowly – even aloud – using the cursor to point to each one.

Now that you know some of the most common typos, keep an eye out for them as you read your reports and documents one last time before sending them.

Quote of the Day:

“Y’all is singular. All y’all is plural. All y’all’s is plural possessive.”

– Kinky Friedman, Jewish musician, author, and perennial candidate for Texas Governor


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