Ever wondered why your work is littered with typos despite careful attention?
“The reason typos get through isn’t because we’re stupid or careless, it’s because what we’re doing is actually very smart”, explains psychologist Tom Stafford, who studies typos of the University of Sheffield in the UK. “When you’re writing, you’re trying to convey meaning. It’s a very high level task,” he said.
When you’re proof reading, you are trying to trick your brain into pretending that it’s reading the thing for the first time. A top tip – print off what you wrote and read the paper copy. It seems to be easier to identify typos on printed page, rather than a computer screen.