If I enter a letter incorrectly when typing, for example vagetable instead of vegetable, then "a" is a misspelled letter or mistyped letter?

What is the difference in general?

  • Did you type it?
    – user3169
    Jul 25 '15 at 19:02
  • @user3169 yes its typed in computer
    – Ahmad
    Jul 25 '15 at 19:03
  • You need to edit your question with that detail.
    – user3169
    Jul 25 '15 at 19:04
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    I think 'misspelled' implies that you didn't know the correct spelling. 'Mistyped' implies what happened: you know the spelling, but there was an error somewhere between your brain and your fingers.
    – jamesqf
    Jul 25 '15 at 19:09
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    I misspell lots of words all the time. I *mispell them, my knowing the correct spelling notwithstanding. Jul 25 '15 at 20:45

Let's take a practical example - your screen name, 'Ahmad'.

Say I go to enter it into a document, but at the end of my typing the result is 'Ahmed'. There are two possible causes:

  1. I know that the name is spelt A-h-m-a-d, but have made a mistake during the transfer from brain to screen (whether through inattention, fat fingers, etc.). This is mistyping.

  2. I do not know that the name is spelt A-h-m-a-d. Instead, I think it is spelt A-h-m-e-d. I have typed it perfectly, but the mistake was made before I started. This is misspelling.

Note that that is the 'technical' difference. In practice, people will use 'mispelled' in place of 'mistyped' quite often. Working out where the mistake actually took place (in their head, or from their hands) is the key to knowing which term is actually correct.

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    Thanks, I think in many nation they spell my name Ahmed, then you won't be such wrong! However, It's originally an Arabic name and in Arabic they pronounce it Ahmad as in Persian. Here, you maybe just misthought or mispronounced which lead to misspelled!
    – Ahmad
    Jul 29 '15 at 5:57
  • @Damien Good answer Jul 30 '15 at 5:48
  • I usually misprint chars while typing. I do sometimes misspell them too. Aug 25 '17 at 17:19

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