I got two messages this week from professional women who told me what they right. It wasn't that they were righting wrongs. They were writing email, reports, and proposals. They simply typed right when they meant write. And they did not catch their errors before the messages reached me.
At times we all type incorrect words–no for know, their for there, wait for weight. It happens because we type the words that go through our minds, and we may hear them in our minds rather than see them. I don't intend this as a scientific explanation based on brain research. Rather, it is what happens to me. I may compose a sentence with passed yet type past because I didn't have an image of the word I was typing. I didn't think about it.
No matter how we make such errors, all of us can catch them before they reach our clients, customers, and others if we take time to proofread. A your that should be you're screams at us if we just read the sentence it appears in. And we all know where their belongs–no excuses! We just need to take a moment to read what we have written.
Don't right email and reports. Right the wrongs in them. Proofread!
Find the error in 50 quick proofreading tests, Error Quests.