No Question

In an exchange of emails with an old friend just now about the Conrad Murray verdict, I wrote “I really can’t comment much about the trial because I paid it no attention at all, and don’t know any of the details.”

But when I looked at the note before sending it, I saw that I had in fact typed “I really can’t comment much about the trial because I paid it no attention at all, and don’t no any of the details.”

I think that’s an odd sort of typo to make — writing ‘no’ instead of ‘know’. They’re completely different words, expressing utterly unrelated meanings, and all they have in common is the way they sound. I wonder what making a slip like that means in terms of what’s happening in my brain as I write.

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3 Comments

  1. JK says

    Just wondering Malcolm.

    Did you ever tell the lovely Nina you once knowed Billie Jean?

    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink
  2. the one eyed man says

    Is that Billy Rubin’s sister?

    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  3. No, but he told Nina that he once noed Billie Jean.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink