Re: Alternative to typo?

Subject: Re: Alternative to typo?
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2009 10:05:59 -0400

Actually, in spite of Geoff Hart's criticism of the engineering
involved, there are circumstances where erroneous commands cannot be
trapped beforehand. Both the super user on a Unix system and the guy
with a loaded six-shooter in his hip holster are ready and able to shoot
themselves in the foot.

The term "typo" is actually very bad, because it refers to an error in
print. Typos are the errors you see when you get the first box of books
back from the printing company, proudly take one out, open it to any
page, and utter expletives. They were originally caused by typographers,
the fellows who stood in front of a California case* of hand-set type,
putting individual letters backwards into a composing stick. Later they
were succeeded by Lino operators who etoain shrdlu had their own
problems shrdlu shrdlu shrdlu. Typographers traditionally blamed typos
on "gremlins."

* There was an UPPER CASE and a lower case. Yes. that's where the terms
come from.

John's version is good. Use it. Then tell the poor creep where to kick
the unit to restore its soul.

John Posada wrote:
> "Entering an error in this command may render the unit unresponsive."
>
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:12 AM, Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> wrote:
>> Joel wondered: <<For some reason I am having trouble coming up with an
>> alternative to "typo." I have a sentence that says: "A typo in this
>> command may render the unit unresponsive." Should I change it to, "a
>> typographical error"? That sounds stuffy. "A mistake in typing..."?
>> Something else?>>
>

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alternative to typo: From: Joel
Alternative to typo?: From: Geoff Hart
Re: Alternative to typo?: From: John Posada

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