Was it a misprint?

It’s very easy to spot misprints and have a sneer and a chuckle, but at the same time, as a writer I live in dread of misspelling something, writing the wrong word because I’m not concentrating or make some ridiculous typo. At the moment I am doing what I hope might be the last but one edit of my latest book which has taken far longer than it should have… but that’s another story.

It’s easy enough to make mistakes when you’re just writing an ordinary thing – if you’re making a quick comment on social media it’s even easier to be concentrating on what you’re thinking than what your fingers are doing. I came across a Tweet about something or another and I had to reread it because i couldn’t understand it although it was a perfectly ordinary comment – unfortunately I didn’t save it as an example. On about the third read, just when I was trying to work which word was misspelled, it occurred to me that maybe there wasn’t a mistake, maybe this was a new phrase I’d not come across before. I looked it up

“On read”  has an actual meaning which is to ignore, especially deliberately ignore. It comes from when someone sends a message, texting or commenting, and it’s seen but there is no response so the sender is left without an answer. The message is left there on the page, ‘on read’ and with nothing in return. This has come to mean to be deliberately ignored or snubbed. It has been around for quite a while, it entered the Urban Dictionary in 2016 so must have had history before that, but this is the first time I’ve ever come across it!

Here is some more information:

https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/left-on-read/

 

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