Back in the dark ages, when men were men and women were typists, the word ‘typo’ was invented. The word still has some application today, but today’s software allows another whole class of errors. Cut and paste but off by one word, for example. Highlight all but one letter of a word and then type in the replacement. My personal favorite: cut some text out of one paragraph and paste it into another, not noticing that the two paragraphs have different tenses. Even if you use Word with spelling and grammer turned on, a lot of these get by (well, to be honest, when I use Word, about half the text is underlined in green. Microsoft has no sense of humour). The situation gets even worse when you’re posting here - even though I write the message in notepad or Word, I invariably do some final editing once it’s been pasted into the text box. Where you can see about ten lines and you can easily lose track of the context around your edit.
I’d like a new word to describe this kind of error - I heard a guy many years ago who was proposing ‘worpo’ (after word processer) but this never seemed right. Lately, I’ve been thinking ‘grammo’. Any suggestions?