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When A Typo Makes A Difference

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 17, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

You’ll have caught it in the news sometime recently, the hack on the DNCs mail server, and on Hillary Clinton herself, was caused by a typo. Instead of writing illegitimate someone wrote legitimate and possibly caused a phishing virus to embed itself in a computer, allowing access to all the information stored there. It could happen to anyone, but it happened to someone in the news and there are different standards employed for the rich, famous and politicians.

Trump, The Press, Auto Correct and Stuff

Screenshot Source: Twitter / Blake Hounshell

Some mistakes, however, are not caused by a simply mistake with fingers and thumbs, they are caused by a genuine lack of knowledge, a momentary lack of concentration, or worse a failing in the education system. I’ll not go into the third in this case, no matter how tempting it could be, and assume that Donald Trump’s misspelling of unprecedented as unpresidented was a slip of the thumb. The letters are close to one another, relatively, so it is possible.

Trump, The Press, Auto Correct and Stuff

Screenshot Source: Twitter / Sam Stein

And Trump does, after some time and many, many comments, correct the mistake by deleting the original Tweet and sending out a new, corrected version. Or, rather, someone did it for him. We all know that the Donald doesn’t make mistakes, so he would hardly have taken the trouble to correct the error himself, probably lambasted Merriam Webster for having a different spelling, claimed that the publication is dying and the editor-in-chief on the way out.

Trump, The Press, Auto Correct and Stuff

Screenshot Source: Twitter / Catherine Rampell

The whole, very minor, incident does show, however, how people are keeping an eye on Trump, and trying to find each and every little failing, mistake, miswhatever to catch him out on. I guess that’s the price he will have to pay for the next few years, much the same as Barack Obama has had to live with certain birthers getting on his birth certificate for the last eight years, and there being no sign of an end to that stupidity either.

Trump, The Press, Auto Correct and Stuff

Screenshot Source: Twitter / Stew

The Twitter account does belong to Trump, however, no matter how often his mentor’s may try to limit his usage, and it is up to him to use it as he wishes; even if that means we will now have policy and press conferences via Twitter rather than by the old, tried and trusted methods.

Trump, The Press, Auto Correct and Stuff

Screenshot Source: Twitter / Blake Hounshell

And we all know that Trump tends to Tweet when all his advisors are sound asleep and can’t catch him in the act. They don’t seem to have learned from his habit yet, perhaps that will come with time.

What I find sad about the whole thing is not that he made a mistake, and not so much that hundreds of people – including reputable journalists – jumped on him for it, but the fact that anyone else would have been given a laugh and a slap on the back and nothing more. There are countless examples of spelling errors – whether auto-correct or otherwise – on the Internet, from YouTube right through to specialized web sites, and we look, we read, we laugh. Now, I’m not a fan of the Donald, and I don’t envisage my opinion changing in the near future – although there are always hopes – but this wasn’t above-board. He made a mistake, just like anyone else, even a journalist with copy editors. Let it pass. Concentrate on the important things in life.

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