Friday, May 18, 2007

Who Knew?

Every once in a while Em's brother Emails something that triggers the "I didn't know that!" response. Here's the once from this while: 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! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pretty kewl, huh? I vaguely remember something about how speed-readers get the gist of whole sentences by pretty much just scanning various words in them. I guess 55% of us engage in some form of meaningful interpretation of symbols. I wonder how often MY interpretation agrees with yours.


Diane said... has some links for further reading on the matter. I, being the ultimate queen of laziness tonight, can't find the motivation to click even one of those links.

I can read it, by the way, and I figure most people (with normal reading skills) can. I remember studying a speed-reading book when I was a kid, maybe 10 years old or so, and found it to be a fairly easy thing to learn. Just in case you were ever interested....

Don't ya love how I just ramble on about anything when I'm tired? Zzzzz....

Oldnovice said...

The bottom-line (as I read the Snopes stuff) was that this stuff made the tour of the net in 2003 and that there was no STUDY, but there was a paper (but probably not at Cambridge). It's more than the 1st & last letters being correct;and, yeah, MOST folks who can read can read this.

They also said that it looks like this was spread by Language Hat people. <--Those folks REALLY got into analyzing what letters could be mixed and how.