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Teh warr on tipos

Paul Ingraham ARCHIVEDMicroblog posts are archived and rarely updated. In contrast, most long-form articles on are updated regularly over the years (see updates page).

A few months ago I got a cluster of complaints about the number of typos on One of them was unusually rude, implying that errors are only slightly less common than words. That’s obvious hyperbole — this place isn’t perfect, but it’s polished to a high shine by internet standards. The unreasonable griping didn’t get under my skin much, but it did provoke me in a good way, and I decided it was time to go to war on whatever typos have eluded me to date.

I have been working with a good proofreader ever since to drive the error rate down to a “barely detectable” level. The 50 busiest pages on are now done, plus twenty other miscellaneous selections. Some fun facts:

There are undoubtedly still some typos left. I have already found a handful that my proofreader missed. It’s amazing how the damn things can hide in plain sight. Two readers will usually sport several different errors in a 5000-word article — I have seen that happen many times over the years. But I suspect the error rate is now down to something like one per 3000 words. In the busiest articles, anyway.

Now for the other 150 articles, 10 books, and 865 blog posts and, oh dear, thousands of summaries of scientific papers

If you want to report some typos, here are some (very basic) guidelines here: Typos and other minor glitches: On proofreading and reporting errors to

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