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Thumbo

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.



Thumbo (noun): An error (usually spelling-related) committed in a text message sent from a mobile device or smart phone.
Thumbo (noun): An error (usually spelling-related) committed in a text message sent from a mobile device or smart phone.

Though not yet an "official" word in the dictionary, thumbo is expected to be adopted within the next year or so. The idea is that typo is acceptable as a word for an error committed while typing using a keyboard, whereas a thumbo occurs when typing using the miniscule keyboards found on smartphones. These keyboards are so small that most people are able to only use their thumbs to hammer out messages in texts.