Freudian typo: The accidental emoticon


Some time ago, I ran across the following Freudian typo in a mail thread discussing plans for the project after Milestone 3, commonly abbreviated M3.

I'd like to talk with you about your plans for this area after <3.

On the US-English keyboard layout, the M and comma keys are adjacent, and a shifted comma is a less-than sign. A simple off-by-one-key typo resulted in M3 turning into an emoticon.

Comments (5)
  1. John Topley says:

    On the UK keyboard layout too.

  2. VMax says:

    QWERTY keyboards have the I and U keys adjacent. What I meant to tell the customer was that we were going to *shut* down his link at 2AM…

  3. none says:

    Oh, it’s a heart … I always thought it was a bikini top … that makes a good deal more sense.

  4. Joel says:

    @VMax: I’ve actually had a document locked by profanity-blocking software when I mistyped the third letter in "shuttle".

  5. Tander says:

    This is hilarious.

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