I recently had a colleague send me an email and then immediately follow-up with another email correcting a grammatical mistake in her first one. What's interesting is that I didn't even catch the typo in the first email and actually had to reread the questionable sentence a few times to finally see it.

Although painful for us grammar geeks to consider, it makes an interesting point that maybe typos aren't always as blatant as we think. In fact, I notice that senior people tend to write very short and typo-prone emails in their day-to-day correspondence.

This leads to a rather outrageous idea that maybe us perfectionists should consider artificially introducing some typos into short emails to foster that "senior" feel.

See below for some science behind the madness.

John H.
South San Francisco



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