A typographical error. Today, with the aid of spelling- and grammar-checkers, a simple typo can be turned into a serious fiasco. For instance:

"the speech" mistyped as "hte speech" gets respelled as "hate speech" and grammaticized into "the hate speech." Hilarity ensues.

Ty"po (?), n. [An abbreviation of typographer.]

A compositor.

[Colloq.]

 

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