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chalko

noun Blending
An error that occurs while attempting to write a word using chalk, especially mistakes made by professors or others writing on the black board.
 
The word typo arose as word to describe spelling or grammatical errors made accidentally by pressing the wrong key while typing on a computer keyboard or typewriter. (The word came from a clipping of “typographical error.”) But people noticed that sometimes they messed up when writing by hand, too, in a similar matter by accidentally making a misplaced curve instead of just not knowing how to spell a word and spelling it incorrectly, which would not be very similar to a typo. This especially happened when writing on a blackboard with chalk due to the difficulties that arise with the awkwardness of chalk and having to create such large letters. So, a word to describe this phenomenon was desired and some people decided that the most equivalent aspect of this problem to typing was the chalk. And in a desire to form the word in a similar matter, chalkographical error (which was never actually used but only created in order to get to the short form equivalent to typo) was shortened and chalko was coined.
Etymology : Slightly more complicated than this (explained above), but essentially boils down to a blending of the root words “typo” and “chalk."
Source : “Oops, I made a chalko there.” (professor, April 2010)
Last modified: 30 November 2011


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