According to an article on the BBC website by FT columnist Lucy Kellaway today, typos don’t matter. In fact, they are not a sign that we are dim, but that we are clever. To quote, ‘writing is a sophisticated job and our brains focus on the structure, the sentences and the phrases, leaving the close-up work to be done on autopilot.’ I don’t agree with the premise that typos don’t matter but I do understand what she means about autopilot, as even when my proofreader tells me there’s a typo in a paragraph, I often can’t find it as my mind is too busy editing. Each to his or her own, that’s what I say.
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