The Finger: Typos Making Mischief

keyboard finger2One slip of a finger at the keyboard can completely alter the meaning of a word. Caught during editing, typos cause laughs. Missed, they cause problems.

On this last day of the month, when sellers send buyers a statement of what they owe, this single-letter typo is quite apropos:

billing             bilking

Example: Dear Valued Customer, please find enclosed a summary of your account. We appreciate your prompt payment. If you have any questions about our bilking procedures, please contact our accounts receivable manager.

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Eric F. Frazier

Eric F. Frazier is an independent writer, editor, book reviewer and co-author of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones.