Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Senstiv* (for Sensitiv*)

Women love sensitive men and, perhaps even more so, the idea of a Sensitive Man. Is it possible for a guy to be too sensitive? Yes, indeed, according to this joke I just made up: "My boyfriend is empathological. I can't say anything without him constantly agreeing with me!" I find that sensitivity and empathy play a big part in typo identification and probability predictions as well. I ask myself: If I were going to misspell this word, how would I do it? Or if I accidentally miskey a word, I figure the odds are pretty good that other people might do the same thing. After all, to err is human. And how one errs can be easily divined. We found six examples of today's typo in the OhioLINK database, and 91 in WorldCat.

(Old Spice Sensitive/Sensible After Shave, from Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

1 comment:

Darrah said...

Did you forget the "e" at the end of Sensitive?