Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It comes up pretty often, the idea that typos in a message are evidence of impaired intellect, or at very least bad manners. So when I found this slip of paper in one of my books I felt secretly a little pleased. You see this short note was typed up by the late Edwin G Boring. Prof. Boring was without a doubt a brilliant and courteous man and also a great writer. Amongst other things he founded the first independent psychology department at Harvard and wrote one of the most important texts on the history of psychology. He also can't type for toffee.
Of course when you have Prof. Boring's level of accomplishment a few typos just show an endearingly human side. And this was one little note to a close friend. The rest of us letting loose with our transpositions and homonyms on the open Internet have neither defence. (I hope no one objects to me posting this little snippet, I am not quite sure where copyright would fall on a 60 year old piece of ephemera, and I will be happy to take it down if requested by a member of the Boring family).