Tapping Those Keys

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
When you are typing, do you ever find that your fingers just seem to have a mind of their own?

Submitted: August 29, 2016

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Tapping Those Keys.

 

I sit down at my laptop, fingers on the keyboard. I know exactly what I want to write. I don’t have to go digging around in my brain this time, searching for that elusive word. It’s there, ready and waiting for my fingers to do their stuff. And there lies the problem – dyslexia of the fingers.

 

Does this happen if you can touch type? You tell me. I’m a two, occasionally four, finger typist. I’m one of those people who has to look at the keyboard, constantly searching for the next letter, and the next, and the next..... Occasionally, I manage to reach a barely reasonable speed.

 

Then I catch sight of the screen. There is a mass of blue squiggly under-linings for incorrect grammar; too many spaces, lack of capitals, capitals where they shouldn’t be etc. And all those red lines shouting, ‘What is this supposed to mean?’ At least I know my spell check is working. In some cases it’s obvious, one letter in front of another when it should follow it, or the adjoining key pressed instead of the correct one. But sometimes I have made such a mess even I don’t know what the original word was supposed to be – yes, it really does happen! It’s a guessing game then, although it’s generally easier to just go and substitute it with something else.

 

The spell check, of course, only picks up spelling mistakes that don’t make words. Yesterday, for instance, I typed ‘kppe’ instead of ‘keep’ and there it was, highlighted for me to see and put right. But ‘wood’ instead of ‘would’; ‘head’ instead of ‘dead’; ‘story’ instead of ‘storey’, -- these would all pass unnoticed. When I posted a story with ‘id’ instead of ‘is’ my daughter spotted it; and that was after I had given it several read-throughs.

 

There is a saying that ‘practice makes perfect’ but I’m getting plenty of practice and am certainly not making any fewer mistakes. My fingers still keep running away, twisting themselves in to convoluted knots, and inventing totally new, impossible to pronounce words.

 

I guess the only answer is a bit more of a careful edit before clicking on that ‘publish’ button. But there is something about it that just makes that hesitation hard to do!

 

 


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