When I am reading a book, there are a few errors that can send me over the edge. Spelling errors? Of course. Homophone errors? Sure. Using an incorrect word over and over again? Absolutely!
Taut and Taunt may sound the same,but these words have very different meanings and are NOT interchangeable.
Taut: tight, pulled firmly; tense
Taunt: to say insulting things to (someone) in order to make that person angry; to tease sarcastically, ridicule or jeer