All our life we make speech or writing errors. At different stages the reasons for such errors differ. It is an interesting fact that at all the stages of human development there are errors that are common to a large number of people, which proves that we develop by the same rules.

Common errors of children

Common errors observed among children (2-3 years) are connected mostly with the lack of experience in the language usage. Children usually memorize the first word usage model they hear and then apply it to the new words they learn not being aware of other existing models, exceptions etc. For example, children may say ‘Dolly heared that I called her’ instead of ‘Dolly heard that I called her’, because the first verb usage model they learnt from their parents was the regular one.
When children study the language at school, teachers also observe a number of typical errors. For instance, elision (‘particuly’ instead of particularly), omission of letters (‘vctory’ instead of victory), or substitution (Craig’s life instead of Craig’s wife). Such errors derive from the complex interdependence of audiology, speech, and writing. A deviation in hearing usually leads to a speech or spelling error.

Adults type facebok

Even when we become adult and master the language we continue making speech and spelling errors. This time speech errors are caused mostly by nervousness, weariness, anxiety, or alcohol consumption. As for spelling errors, they occur due to lack of concentration. Modern people are overstrained with the loads of information and are always in a hurry. This is why we write or rather type hastily and inattentively. I have recently come across the statistics of some search engine. It turned out that millions of people type the name of the popular social network Facebook with errors. You can find facebok, facbook, faceboook, faceboo and what not! Facebook.com millions of people all over the world type as facebookcom etc.

Millions type facebok

Think about it: millions of people type facebok! The huge number of people who make such errors illustrates that these errors are common. Typing facebok instead of facebook is an example of letter omission. Why do people type facebok? We can assume that some of them are not native speakers of the English language. However, if they were not familiar with the spelling rules, would they type mute e in the word facebok and omit the second o? And what to do with another common error ‘facbook’ where people omit the mute e but type the double o. Both facebok and facbook prove that people type hastily rather than do not know the correct spelling. Another reason is that the form of the language that exists on the web in most cases is far from formal. This is why people do not care so much if they type facebok or facebook. Anyway,even if they type facebok a search engine will suggest results that include facebook. Looks like in the cyberspace everybody will soon find friends on facebok or faceboook, forget facebok login, and greet each other ‘Hi. How’re u?’

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