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Tuesday, April 08, 2008


A friend snet this to me tdaoy:

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.

Cna yuo raed tihs?

Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Wow. And I get occasional comments from people more anal than I am about spelling and grammar...maybe they should read this? Then's not really any different than the Minneapolis Star Tribune...


Vincenzo said...

Weird. I could read it.

Anonymous said...

I read it - no problem. Weird how the mind works!! But then my spelling stinks anyway, I'm a math person.


japhy said...

The funniest thing about this is that "rscheearch" is not "research"! The misspelled version has too many h's!

Sorry to burst everybody's bubble.

Kevin said...

the only thing I couldn't read was the post title.

Anonymous said...

If a word's misspelled, are you really concerned over whether it's misspelled as a perfect anagram?

japhy said...

anonymous - according to this "reshearch", yes. The claim is that a word can have its middle letters jumbled and yet we can still decipher it. However, one of the words here is not only jumbled, it is also misspelled. It disrupts the hypothesis, because we unjumble "rscheearch" to "research", which is not proper according to the hypothesis.

Terry Nelson said...

I also think this is why I can read French, Italian, and Spanish - albeit with difficulty most times - but I studied all three - altho I could only speak Italian when in Italy.

Adoro te Devote said...

I'm amazed at the comments and discussion on this silly little post! LOL! Thanks, guys!

I actually disagree with the theory they set out here, because, as you noted, my title is not readable. It's "spelling". I have the first and last letter in place...but without context, it is simply gibberish.

And also as you noted, there are misspelled wrods in the mix. Part of that proves their point, I think...that the human brain can see beyond unnecessary repetitions in letters and understand the word anyway, etc. However, I think there is something more at work than just the strategic placement of the correct letters. I think it has more to do with CONTEXT.

It's similar to lip-reading. We all don't realize how much we rely on lip-reading and gestures when in conversation with another person, especially in a situation where we may not well understand them (as in a loud restaurant, etc), or some other situation. We understand each other not just through plain words, but through context. I know someone from the Ukraine, here in MN at the U studying linguistics...I'd love his take on this.

Terry ~ When I came back from Mexico, I read French over a friend's shoulder while we were on a road trip. I couldn't understand every word, but there was enough to help me understand what was happening. I even summarized it for him, and it turned out to be correct. I've also spoken with a man from Brazil. I couldn't understand what he said, exactly, but I could understand the topic in general and what he said about it in Portugese...very generally. And Italian...I can understand some Italian to this day, and some Latin I can figure out.

I seroiously would love to learn all those languages! (I think I'm getting old, though, and i can barely speak Spanish these days...enough to get by...)


Fr. V said...

I don't care -

I'm just gald pepole can read despiet my errors because I am horirlbe at spelling and proof - redaing.

It's a miracle.

angelmeg said...

I am dyslexic so I tend to get things out of order all the time.

I had no problem at all reading it.

I agree that context is everything.

Adoro te Devote said...

Fr. V. ~ LOL!

Angelmeg ~ some ways, I would think this would make it harder for a dyslexic, and then, of course, I realize that it makes perfect sense that you can read it because you read differently than the rest of us. And context...I love context. :-)

Kevin - "pax tecum" said...

A beezre...