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Offline Mark with a k

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This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« on: February 13, 2006, 12:12:24 PM »
Just to quote an earlier post...

...Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe....

The fact this is easy to read could be the reason typos are difficult to spot? Yes? No?


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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 12:36:20 PM »
Why do we we need this when we have a spell checker to do it it for us?   Ok the spell checker isn't always right,  but I can't see this this situation is a problem otherwise we wouldn't need the correct form of of spelling!   Am I missing something here?   Anyway for me this is not isn't a problem!   I'm a good speller
speller and don't need to to worry about it.

But yes we do miss things in text!!

Lin
« Last Edit: February 15, 2006, 06:48:53 AM by Lin »

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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2006, 12:55:20 PM »
I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker's
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006, 01:06:42 PM »
Hi Mark,

Yes this is one of the reasons proofreading is so difficult.

I have previously a quick look at some of this research. I believe the university concerned was Cambridge, and the research showed that not all people read do that way. Some people have to read every letter in every word. Very interesting work I must say.

It is not only words with letters in the wrong order that we subconsciously correct hilst we are proof reading our own work. Whilst doing my degree I discovered that if I proof read something immediately I would insert missing text, ignore incorrect words that sound similar, eg there, their, they're  miss typos, and all without realising. I very quickly learnt to proofread my work out loud approximately a week later. It is amazing what the mind can subconsciously correct.

Love the poem, I have seen several of these in the last few years, and everytime, it makes me realise how easy typos really can be.

Mini

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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2006, 01:10:13 PM »
I once wrote a proof reading macro for MS-Word that revealed the text that had been typed in one word at a time. That helped.

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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2006, 01:11:54 PM »
I should have pointed out that the poem is not my work. I've no idea who wrote it.

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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2006, 02:56:29 PM »
Great poem Mark!

Lin and Mini, are the mistakes in your replies deliberate? Or am I being really, really slow and missing something here?

It's probably the latter...
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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2006, 03:12:36 PM »
Yeah deliberate!!

Lin

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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2006, 03:15:36 PM »
Thanks for clarifying that Lin... I actually thought they must be deliberate because none of your other posts have been that sloppy  :)
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Re: This is why spelling mistakes and typos are so hard to spot...
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2006, 07:44:20 AM »
I agree with Mini - I always, always, always leave a finished piece (or, at least, a finished draft) to one side for at least a week before I go for full-on proofreading.  You can pick up so much more with fresh eyes and a brain that has been separated from the piece for a while.  It means you read what is actually there...not what your mind (which is so familiar with the piece if it's still absorbed in it) thinks is there! And I generally read everything aloud, which is great for picking up punctuation errors/clarity issues...or just things that plain don't work!  Probably makes me appear a little bonkers though!   ;)