Some typos are accidental … caused by typing too fast … rewriting too quickly … not taking time to proofread. This is especially true when creating quick messages destined to litter Facebook threads and text messages.
I can live with them. The ones I make. The ones penned by others.
Sometimes they make me smile. A few even make me chuckle… especially those sneaky silly auto-correct blunders that happen just after you hit post. Others are groaners. Ouch. Like stepping on a pebble in your shoe.
But others. Oh, my.
Those others. They make me cringe. They prick my sensibilities. They hurt my senses. I hear them as clearly as if they were proverbial words of chalk scraping across a blackboard. They fray energy connectors in my brain that snap and hiss.
They may be unintentional. They may be accidental. But they are wrong.
And they rank high on my list of pet peeves.
Worse offenders? The ones repeatedly misused by those who ought to know better. Saying “I seen,” for instance, rather than “I saw.”
Apparently, it’s enough to cause some to stop enjoying language altogether. Not me, though. I’ll be reading and writing till the very end of my Earthly days. Typos and screechy-scratchies and misused apostrophes and the other gaffes won’t get the best of me. There’s always the chance they’ll make me chuckle.
If exposure to pet-peevy language is ruining your love of language this video I came across just might change your mind. Or at least ease the strain. Have a look and a listen.
Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography – Language
So what about you? Got some wordy pet peeves of your own?
Get ’em off your chest. Ground those loose wires. Share them in the comment section below.