Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Evidence for the defence--veinglory

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).

1 comment:

rosemerry said...

I always find stuff like this extremely fascinating. That's why I collect used postcards. I love reading the notes on the back of them.

I read one but couldn't buy it at the time. It said: "Darling, please do not be angry with me. I'll explain everything when I get home." I don't remember the name but it was a man writing to I assume his wife but could be his girlfriend. It makes me wonder what he did.