Typing out the wrong words
February 1, 2011 10:38 AM Subscribe
I keep switching words out that sound alike or are similar in the number of letters as the word I was trying to type. Am I just typing faster then my brain thinks, or is something else going on?
posted by royalsong to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am not by far the worlds greatest speller. Spell check is my friend.
About 10 years ago I started doing a heck of a lot more writing then I ever did before -- via chat rooms and e-mails and instant messages. I started participating in an online role playing community that demanded things be spell checked (and to a lesser extent grammar checked). Because of this my spelling made vast improvements. I learned tricks to remember how to spell words and to break them down into bits that made them easier to spell. I could spell words like "appropriate" that always gave me trouble before. I always ran my stuff through a spell checker before it ever got posted to the community.
Well, today I spend significantly less time role playing and only with people who don't care too much if a word is spelled wrong here or there. So I've become lax a little in making sure every single word is correct. I still type as much as I ever did (work, emails, chatting, etc).
For the last year, I have seen a creeping number of errors that I'm making that are not spelling errors. I am switching whole words out for other words. Sometimes they start with the same letter, or have the same number of letters in them. Sometimes they sound similar to what I was trying to use and sometimes there is no relation at all. I know what I want to say, but what gets typed out is not that.
An example happened this morning. I was "singing" lyrics to a friend and typed:
Baby you're a firework,
Come on, some 'em what you're worth!
Come on, let your colors burst!
The correct lyric is "show 'em what you're worth". The song said that, I knew that in my head, thought I spelled it that way and it only until after I had sent the instant message to my friend that I realized I hadn't.
This happens at least once a day, with regular conversational sentences.
I type pretty fast and I'm only partly reading what I'm typing. The other time I'm thinking about what else I want to say.
Am I just going too fast and not paying enough attention/concern at what I'm writing? Is it just muscle memory in my fingers? Could something be going on inside my brain?
It bothers me a little bit since this isn't the norm. I've been typing for over ten years, why do I suddenly substitute whole words when I think I'm writing the right ones?
I haven't noticed any problems speaking the right words, as far as I know. Not any more then I feel is normal anyways (how many times do you reach out for a word to say and end up picking something with a similar meaning? That's normal, right?)
You are not my doctor. I'm asking if this is something to see a doctor about or if you think I'm overreacting?