Unconscious Errors

Looking back on old posts as I reblog them, I noticed some consistent spelling errors. That led me to check on some recent comments I have left and posts published this year.

Words including the letter ‘W’ are easily explained, as my keyboard has an issue with that letter, and I have to hit it very hard (or twice) for a ‘W’ to register. That is why you will often see my usual ‘Best wishes’, appearing as ‘Best ishes’. I could change the keyboard, but it was a gift from Julie, so will hang onto it a bit longer. I have tried to ‘fiddle’ with the ‘W’ key, but it doesn’t appear to want to budge.

However, other mistakes are less easy to explain. I contantly mis-type the word ‘Remember’, leaving out the second ‘M’, and ending up with ‘Remeber’. I do this so often, it seems I have a blind spot of some kind when it comes to the word.

‘Because’ is another one. I seem to type ‘Becuase’ as frequently as the correct spelling.

When you consider how carefully I check text before posting, I wonder why I miss those errors on a daily basis.

Is this a sign of some kind of mental degeneration, I wonder? Anyone else experiencing something similar, or is it just me?

60 thoughts on “Unconscious Errors

  1. Iโ€™m the worst Pete, I try and edit my work but I miss a lot. If someone points it out I go in and fix it, but itโ€™s a blog, i think mistakes can be charming? Thatโ€™s just me and I realize most people get annoyed with errors! Oh well, do your best, forget the rest, C

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  2. I have tried to โ€˜fiddleโ€™ with the โ€˜Wโ€™ key, but it doesnโ€™t appear to want to budge. Of course not! The fiddle “typically has four strings, usually tuned in perfect fifths with notes G3, D4, A4, E5.”

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  3. I can’t explain why, but as I’ve gotten older I tend to get the order of more letters mixed up. Pain becomes pain. I never seemed to have that problem when I was younger. I expected my body to break down with time, but not my typing.

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  4. You are not alone Pete! I think we’re so busy typing our thoughts – our brain going much faster than our fingers – that typos easily occur, even when we know the correct spelling. For me it’s often a missing word or duplicate word and more often in a comment than a post. I usually catch and correct them on my own blog, but it’s a bummer when it’s a comment on someone else’s. So then the question is – should I add a ‘correction’ comment to my previous comment? I sometimes do. But the real answer for me is to slow down and I’m still working on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I write my posts on my iPhone with its tiny, virtual keypad, and sometimes, when I tap the โ€œn,โ€ it doesnโ€™t always register, so if I type โ€œdonโ€™t,โ€ it often comes up โ€œdo t.โ€ And strangely, sometime a random โ€œmโ€ appears after a comma, so it might look like this: โ€œThank you m, Pete.โ€

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    1. If I use my tablet to send messages, I get identical errors to those, FD.
      I could never blog on a phone or tablet. The screen is too small, and the virtual keypad too annoying. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. I have a tendency to type becasue instead of because because I type so fast and then don’t notice it until I do a grammerly check because I don’t look hard enough at the full word ๐Ÿคฃ
    Also I type witht he instead of with the ๐Ÿคฃ

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  7. This has been happening to me for a while. I have a wonky keyboard too which doesn’t help, but I find my fingers will get right letters but put them in the wrong order. I call it finger dyslexia.

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  8. It drives me bonkers when I consistently have to retype bc of errors on my phone”(I have the swiftkey app) … More and more I’m getting tired of the using my phone for everything!

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  9. I blame autocorrect or predictive text for a lot of the errors. I am mortified when I see too instead of to, and like one of your other followers I often mistype the – teh. My brain works faster than my fingers sometimes! And I have moaned many times that WP should give us the chance to preview our comments before hitting that post comment button.

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    1. I always use a PC keyboard, so cannot blame any auto-correct function. But like you, I do sometimes type far too fast without looking at what I am typing. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  10. It is our blind spot. I always type “the” as “teh” and MS word never marks it because in one unthinking moment, I added it to my dictionary. Recieve is always incorrect and i continue to ignore it. Course is always a curse.

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    1. I am very pleased to hear that I am not alone in making such errors, Shaily.
      (By the way, have you been posting anything lately? I have had no notifications at all, so just checking.)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. No Pete! It was Ramadan and I was super busy with late and long prayers. I was also busy finishing my book. I am just waiting for my new bank account and it will be good to go world wide…or as far as amazon.com, amazon.uk can take it.

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  11. When you start writing you discover you have blind spots.
    I know what both the word ‘drawers’ and the word ‘draws’ mean but I will regularly use the wrong one.
    Because I know, I’ll run a search through the document when I’m finished!
    Then I find I can use ‘actually’ too often, so I’ll run a search on that as well.

    Strangely, Tallis Steelyard is a far better writer than I am when it comes to grammar errors ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I don’t have recurring spelling errors but make the odd boo-boo. What I do do quite often is have a 2nd capital letter after an initial capital and a space after the ‘t’ in ‘the’. I have no idea why either!

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