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May 25 2012   10:44AM GMT

Typos, typoes or typo’s?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
______ are not only embarrassing — they can be dangerous. Back in 2005, attackers set up a malicious website — googkle.com — that infected the computers of hapless visitors with adware and Trojans.a. Typos
b. Typoes
c. Typo’s

Answer: a

Google poll results:

typos: 28,300,000

typo’s: 728,000

typoes: 119,000

This is, somewhat ironically, a tricky word to spell correctly. Many words that end in o take an e — potatoes, tomatoes. Nevertheless, most people who misspell it make it typo’s instead. No excuse for that, as far as I can see.

For your amusement: The Seven Most Disastrous Typos Of All Time

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  • wardp1
    I thought it was a contraction of typographical and not really a word in it's own right.
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