Word Casualties #11 – Typos are no game

One of the primary distractions from my writing is gaming. It’s a storytelling of a different kind, which I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid playing Atari 2600 or Apple ][c.

Ask your parents. Or (sigh) grandparents.

Like literature, it’s a media not immune to typos, but it also provides human interactions. So, between in-game chat, trash talk DMs, and the game itself, there are plenty of opportunities for unusual spellings.

Here’s some I’ve encountered recently, humorous definitions added.


erans – the movement a man makes when a Flock of Seagulls chases him so far away

carectors – a steel building set that fosters empathy

campain – the result of pitching your tent on tree roots

spone – the complementary utensil to a fark and knive

dushbagg – the container in a vacuum that catches all the bits

waisted – when a weight gain causes you to stretch out your pants, but they’re still comfy

ingadging – adding a new indicator to your car’s dashboard

opstickales – the goal of a secret tickle mission

outgone – when you’ve really left











A proofreader or copyeditor might just be the NPC your game needs before release. Unfortunately, they can’t help you with your trash talk.

Good luck with your gaming! And writing!

Mike (Xbox Live: MikesDemons)

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© Michael Wallevand, August 2021


2 thoughts on “Word Casualties #11 – Typos are no game

  1. Love the wordplay! And the more recent spellcheckers seem to be adding to the problem. Jerry Dr. J.E. Bouquot, Director of Research Maxillofacial Center for Education & Research 212 Tibbs Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 bouquot@aol,com; cell: 281-745-2330

    Emeritus Professor & Past Chair, Department of Diagnostic & Biomedical Sciences University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston 7500 Cambridge Street. Houston, TX 77054 Jerry.Bouquot@uth.tmc.edu

    Clinical Professor & Past Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences School of Dentistry, West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 26506 jrbouquot@hsc.wvu.edu


    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, spellcheck can make us look dumber while the machine learning tries to get smarter. There’s a contextual issue that I also see regularly in dealing with machine translators.


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