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I just received a wonderfully charming typo in an email. -

Could you giive a quiick ring on XXXXXXX and we can discuss Cheers X

Gives one first the slight impression of speed, with the beautiful 'out' that one clearly has a bit of a sticky 'i' key... this email has filled me with the impression of someone who is in a hurry, but who is making time for me in a busy schedule (and most importantly isn't being rude, she's just in a hurry).

So this got me thinking that sometimes there might be times when a typo in an email is a good thing - but it's clearly a difficult thing to judge - is there any research I could have a look at that examines how people feel about such things? (So when I'm in a hurry, it might be better not to proofread because a) it saves time and b) the communication partner might understand from context that you're in a a hurry... on the other hand people might think I'm a Jerk)

Is there any research?

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closed as off-topic by Raystafarian, THelper, Kramii, Gaʀʀʏ, Rory Alsop Jul 22 '13 at 13:47

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I have a feeling you are looking too deeply into this:-) I would see typos as an indication that someone was not proofreading emails before they send them, and growing up in the era of letters and telegrams, this would annoy me. Slightly. – Rory Alsop Jul 12 '13 at 20:56
p.s. Fixed your typo... – Rory Alsop Jul 12 '13 at 20:56
Naah - my OCD just needed to fix it. ;-) – Rory Alsop Jul 13 '13 at 8:28
Um.. how is this related to PP? – mparnisari Jul 14 '13 at 19:59
I don't see the link to personal productivity. – THelper Jul 16 '13 at 11:06

I believe in the age of auto spell checking, the typos in emails only shows slackness and negligence, but that is my personal opinion from experience, not based on any empirical data.

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Unless, of course, at the bottom it says sent from my mobile phone then it's like "oh yeah, of course there are errors". It's a shame. – Raystafarian Jul 16 '13 at 14:09
"Send from iPhone" :)) – Elchin Jul 17 '13 at 5:37

I sometimes deliberately use soo, (trying to be analogous to too in order to add emphasis), and yous as a plural of you. Other than that I agree with Joe that a typo shows a lack of attention as does the inclusion of a miss-corrected word.


Could you giive a quiick ring on XXXXXXX and we can discuss Cheers X

(It might be tempting to reply with the unhelpful:)

"I'llllll caaaalll yoooooou when my keyboard iiiis fixed."

but that only compounds the original mistake, so should be avoided.

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