Words I Often Mistype

bookI write a lot. Professionally speaking, I'm always writing white papers, press releases, articles, marketing copy, education guides or plain and simple web site copy. As a hobby, I'm writing here. I spend a solid chunk of every day writing, and when you throw a double major in English and History in the mix, I've been doing so for well over a decade.

There are two words I've always mistyped, and I'm not sure why. I know how to spell these words, they're simple words, but my fingers go into autopilot and type a completely different word. These words are "alone" and "say".

Often when I mean to type "alone", I type "along". Even now I had to consciously think about the keys I was punching to make sure I got it right. When I mean to type "say", it often comes out as "saw". Spell check doesn't help, as I'm mistyping a legitimate dictionary word. A wire gets crossed and alone becomes along and say becomes saw.

Strange, but true.

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You can try the grammer check, and I'm hoping that would catch the alone/along, say/saw issue. Funny thing is, I do also type alone as along a couple of times.

July 19, 2007 @ 9:43 PM

Will Collins

It's always 'gonig'for going and 'Swmap' instead of swamp for me. You may think I wouldn't type swamp very often, but my girlfriend's warcraft name is 'Swampy'.

November 13, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

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