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Why We Miss Typos

Study Conducted On Touch Typists

Are you a touch typist? I am, have been for over 45 years (Gee, time flys). After reading about this study I realised that, yes, I do this. Although my right hand wants to go faster than my left these days.

A study, conducted by Stafford and his colleague, Cigir Kalfaoglu, published in 2014, asked touch typists to type 100 sentences without seeing what they were typing. They actually have a mindmap stored subconsciously in their head of the keyboard. What they found was the typists slowed down while making the mistake and immediately afterwards. The typists couldn’t read their work but knew instinctively that they had made a mistake.

Others who don’t touch type miss the mistake even when they can see it. It is just typing letters in the wrong order such as typing ‘taht’ instead of ‘that’. We at online homework help service would still read the word correctly even though it is typed incorrectly.

All this being said, we are also pretty good at finding our own mistakes and making corrections. Microsoft tells us that the backspace key is the third-most used button on the keyboard. This tells us we are finding and fixing our mistakes. There are just those few we miss that cause us grief.

Spectacular Typos

Taylor & Sons – The £8.8million ‘s’

This is a very sad but true story. Taylor & Sons was a Welsh engineering company which was going through a reorgaisation after that had managed to survive two world wars. It could trace its roots back to the late 18th century.

There was also a company called Taylor & Son. A clerk of the court in London was meant to register the liquidation of this company. But he registered Taylor & Sons instead. This error commenced a number of issues and resulted in the company going into Administration in 2009. A breach of statury duty was brought against by the former Company Director in 2015, Sebry v Companies House the Registrar of Companies. Taylor & Sons had 250 employees.

Mariner 1

Mariner 1 was an unmanned space probe bound for Venus in 1962. It was destroyed shortly after taking off. One of the two reasons given for this was that there was a hyphen missing in the coded computer instructions. Luckily there were no fatalities.

We may not be composing anything that could cause harm to anyone but just thinking of these minor errors that made a major impact is quite startling. There are many more of these stories to be found, some ended with death.

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