According to Dictionary.com:
- the act of spelling incorrectly: Note his misspelling of that word.
- an incorrectly spelled word: You have three misspellings in your letter.
Some people have told me that as long as the letters actually create a word, it's spelled correctly. This doesn't make sense to me, though. The example I'm using occurred in a recent Stack Exchange blog. They had accidentally typed in "word" instead of "world." I pointed out that "world" was misspelled (missing an "l") and another person said that it was technically not misspelled.
So when do we consider a word misspelled?
Only when our computer puts a red zig-zag line below it?
Isn't the word "word" still considered misspelled since it was meant to be "world" and it is not spelled correctly, and just happens to become a different word when this particular misspelling occurs? Is there perhaps a better definition of the word "misspelling" out there somewhere that can more accurately represent what exactly the word means?
Note: This isn't meant to be subjective. I'm hoping for factual information that supports it one way or the other.