I’m a writer and a student. The two are so intertwined one would think either would recognize mistakes. Not so. It’s easy to overlook typos when my student or writer mode knows the intended text. My eyes disconnect from my brain as I sail over misused words like an/and, at/ate, wit/with or with/width, us for U.S. Why? Not because there’s no red underline in my Word document, but because I understand what I’m reading.
For students, authors and others whose work has been thwarted by a typo, the old saying “Don’t cry over spilt milk” doesn’t apply. “If at first you don’t succeed, try again” is more appropriate. To escape the clichés, click the link below. These public gaffes will lighten your spirits or make you roll with laughter.