I know a lot of people are really bad at spelling and punctuation, but you don’t need a dictionary to know what the heck a typo is. One of those things that makes me smile every time I read it in the chat room.
If you’ve ever had someone talk to you in the chat room, you know that it can be pretty entertaining. However, when it comes to spelling or punctuation errors, people tend to get really annoyed. It’s as if everybody is trying to be the smartest person in the room. In my opinion, this is a very bad thing. If you only write or type well, you are probably going to get a lot of attention from people.
People tend to be really good at getting attention. It’s also important to remember that spelling and punctuation errors do not damage your reputation.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard people say this. I was once told by a friend that it was “just the way you are.” I was told that my writing style was too “simple” when she pointed out that she had been doing a lot of research on my posts. I was also told that my spelling was terrible and that I was an awful speller. So I’ve been hearing it from lots of people, and it really is a common complaint.
The thing is though, typos do not damage your reputation. That is for two reasons. First, the world is filled with people who are able to spot and correct typos. So if you aren’t aware of a typo, you are likely to make one. You might be able to tell a good writer who is a speller, but you can’t tell someone who is a good writer.
This is why people who are good at spelling will correct typos. I myself have been accused of being a “typo expert.” People who are actually good spellers will be able to spot typos (but not fix them) in a way that other people can’t. The other reason is because typos are actually very rare. A person who can spell can just about always recognize a typo from the context in which the typo is used.
The other reason is that the ability to fix a typo is one of the more important things a person can do in a group chat. People who are good at fixing typos are usually more likely to notice a typo in the first place, so they are likely to fix it. People who are good at fixing typos are more likely to fix typos, so they are more likely to fix them.
I just think that people who are good at fixing typos are also good at fixing spelling mistakes. I mean, if you are good at fixing spelling mistakes, it should be just as easy to fix a typo as it is to fix a spelling mistake.
Another one of the things that I like about typo-fixing people is that it always seems to go something like this: “The last person did something that was stupid, now nobody else does that’s stupid.” In other words, typos are a special kind of stupid. To me, that is pretty much the definition of a good typo-fixer.
I’ve been known to make spelling mistakes too. Not all of the times, but enough to put me in the “typo-fixer” category. But I always do it as an act of courtesy. I always say that I am sorry for the typo and ask the person to do the same.