52 ‘muscle memory’ typos

Your misspellings might be a malformed neural pathway. Make sure you take care when using these common spelling stumbling blocks.

Typo misspellings

As a writer and editor who spends hours at the keyboard every day, you probably don’t think about how to type.

That ability is built into your “muscle memory”—or more accurately, your subconscious memory. Once you learned to type, there was no need to learn again.

Your brain creates “subroutines” that allow you to type (or ride a bike, ice skate, play an instrument) without consciously thinking about it. However, this can lead to mistakes, especially when typing commonly used words. As you type, you might be thinking “thank you” but you type “thanks you” instead.

One way you can lessen your chances on making typos is to know your blind spots. What words do you most frequently mangle because your fingers are flying across the keyboard?

Below is a list of common “muscle memory” typos for American-English speakers using a standard QWERTY keyboard. How many of these trip you up?

1. Additional > Addtional

2. And > Adn

3. And > Are

4. Application > Applicaition

5. Because > Becuase

6. But > By

7. Dramatic > Dramaitc

8. Chances > Changes

9. Company > Comany

10. Could > Coudl

11. Doing > Doign

12. Efficiency > Efficient

13. For > Fro

14. From > Form

15. Going > Goign

16. Of > On

17. Off > Of

18. Identify > idenfity

19. Information > Infomation

20. It > If

21. It’s > Its

22. Judgment > Judgement

23. Just > Jtus

24. Looking > Lookign

25. Loose > Lose

26. Management > Managment

27. More > Mroe

28. No > Not

29. Normal > Norman

30. Nothing > Nothign

31. Payments > Paymetns

32. Position > Postition

33. Recognize > Reconize

34. Recommend > Recomend

35. Response > Respomse

36. Review > Reveiw

37. Should > Shoudl

38. Something > Somethign

39. Your > You’re

40. Than > That

41. Than > Tahn

42. Thank you > Thanks you

43. The > Teh

44. There > Their > They’re

45. Thought > Though

46. Through > Thorough

47. To > Too > Two

48. Together > Togehter

49. What > Waht

50. With > Wiht

51. With > Wtih

52. Word > Work

Do you have any to add to the list?

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COMMENT

3 Responses to “52 ‘muscle memory’ typos”

    Kathleen says:

    I’m guilty of many of these, but my worst one is “Michigan.” I’ve worked for the state of Michigan for nearly 25 years as well as lived here most of my life, but I almost always type “Michgian.”

    Sandy Malloy says:

    I used to work for a public library. You don’t want to know the typo I had to really, REALLY watch out for when I typed its name.

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