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2019 January 21

More typos than expected

Filed under: Circuits course — gasstationwithoutpumps @ 16:53
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When I released my textbook in December, I offered 25¢ for each typo or other mistake found in the book.  I expected, based on how much material was new, to have about 50 typos in the book.

My students have already found 42 errors, and they are only up to about page 200, so I’m having to revise my error estimate upward to about 100 errors.

This year’s class seems to be pretty sharp—they have done much better on the first two quizzes than last year’s class did, and in two weeks they have already found about as many typos as last year’s class did over two quarters.


  1. I know for a fact that typos reflect superior intellect. Honestly, why get rid of them? You could be inventing new words.

    Comment by cindy knoke — 2019 January 21 @ 22:24 | Reply

    • Typos are a sign of inadequate editing and can confuse the reader—they also lead the read to lose confidence in the accuracy of the book, which can be a serious problem in a textbook or other non-fiction work. Some of the typos found were in math equations, where they substantially changed the meaning. Because my book has a chapter on writing design reports, I expect students to hold me to an even higher standard than I hold them.

      Neologisms and contrived spelling have their place in writing (I greatly enjoyed the novel Riddley Walker), but need to be used with great care.

      Comment by gasstationwithoutpumps — 2019 January 22 @ 08:25 | Reply

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