n. An error made when writing longhand.
I think there is a 'writo' on line 7: I'm sure you'll agree that "X(n) log n" should read "X(n/(p-1)) log n" ?
—Johan Nobel, “Vimeo’s Staff Pick algorithm finally revealed!” (comment), Vimeo, April 01, 2015
Before the time of keyboards/keypunches, were spelling errors referred to as "Writos?"
—ShowerThoughts, “Before the time…,” Twitter, October 30, 2013
I am myself a somewhat expert speller but have noticed that, when writing quickly, I make mistakes (including here, just a moment ago) which I am quite capable of subsequently correcting myself. In other words, there's a difference between a spelling mistake and a typo — or indeed, a 'writo,' for want of a better word.
1993 (earliest)
He moved on to discuss errors beyond the typo — the speako, the writo, and ultimately the conceivo (walking up to the combination-locked door on our computer lab, I reach into my pocket and pull my keys out).
—Russ Hunt, “going with the typo,” bit.listserv.mbu-l, May 15, 1993
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