It would seem that extra care and attention should be paid to ensuring product warning labels are correct. They are, after all, a company’s key to defense should someone become injured as a result of using the product. (I know all the legal experts who read this may disagree — I’ll take my lumps.)
Take for example, the label on my patio umbrella. Just to be sure, I checked Webster, and there is no such word as “postion”. Yes, it should be “position.” Interestingly, it was my 10-year old who pointed this one out. I’ve had this umbrella for about four years (since my last one blew away due to a wind event!) and never noticed.
Our brains have an uncanny ability to automatically insert missing letters and words into sentences as we read. It’s likely this phenomenon has a complicated sounding name in medical terminology, but I’m sure it’s because we read words as a whole, and not each letter by itself. This is why it’s always good to have a trusted friend or colleague who can proofread your work after you’ve read it several times. You can no longer see any errors, and the proverbial “set of fresh eyes” can make all the difference. I’ve found that reading out loud very slowly also helps. Need any help?