3 scary typos: or why you should use an editor, not a spellchecker

Spellcheckers are handy devices, but they are limited. English has vast numbers of homophones, words that sound the same but are spelt differently.

A spellchecker won't pick up that you've written on your CV 'there business' instead of 'their business', but it could cost you the interview and the job. Many of us a good spellers but not skilled typists. I make plenty of typos, but I don't allow the red squiggly line to solely dictate what I need to fix.

It won't correct '1875' if I should have typed '1785', and Janet might get annoyed if my email is addressed to Jane.

3 scary typos

  1. stock market tradersOne letter missing sent 124-year-old family business into bankruptcy. The compensation case cost the UK government millions of pounds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11372343/Government-in-9-million-payout-after-single-letter-blunder-causes-business-to-collapse.html
  2. A typo caused one of Israel's largest investment firms to lose nearly 100% of its market value. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100986999#
  3. 'B' and 'm' are close together on a keyboard. By typing 'billions', not 'millions', a stock trader unintentionally caused panic selling, with the collective value of the US stock dropping by over $1 trillion! http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/fat-finger-points-to-us-stocks-dive-20100507-uh91.html 

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