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Here's an interesting email I just got:
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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 deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a
wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be
in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed
it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed
ervey
lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I
awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

If you can raed tihs psas it on !!

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I can read it! [Big Grin]
I've recieved this email from someone who was all excited because he couldn't spell well.

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Tulry azmiang! But rscheearch is siltl slpeeld wonrg.
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I msut be ililntget! I culod raed taht wohle tinhg!
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[Laugh] Ppaa Mosoe
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I hvae lsot cunot of how mnay tmeis tihs has been ptoesd. Fvie? Sveen?
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At lsaet [eidt] nnie.
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I hvae nveer hread of scuh a tnihg. Too cool! (Two wrdos you coannt slepp iltncrrecoy.)
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You think this is bad, you should see some of the emails I get in Tech Support. Heaven help our public education system.
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Ah, this is certainly winning the Oscar for most posted. Not a bad thing, just a thing. S'like an old acquiantence coming back again... and again... and again.

[Wink] [Smile]

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Ask Blayne Bradley to translate it for you.


[Wink] Blayne

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quote:
Originally posted by Teshi:
Ah, this is certainly winning the Oscar for most posted. Not a bad thing, just a thing. S'like an old acquiantence coming back again... and again... and again.

[Wink] [Smile]

It's like Hatrack's cud.
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Aaaaah not again! [Wall Bash]
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quote:
Originally posted by Teshi:
Ah, this is certainly winning the Oscar for most posted. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

You are so very very wrong. It is a bad thing.

GAH!

*claws out own eyes*

And this version is even worse than the original. Now they're not just saying spelling doesn't matter, but that poor spelling is a test of intelligence! [Wall Bash]

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I'm trying to be open minded and remember that not everyone has been here the whole time.

[Smile]

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Ah, but this was an evil meme even the first time around!

*froths*

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Rivka makes me laugh. But she's still absolutely correct.
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Hmph... you try to be nice...
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That was your first mistake. [Wink]
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Abinsniaaishelasnrtsitemtidm. The lgesnot wrod in the drioncaity!
[Evil]

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[ROFL]

A brownie to whoever managed to figure that one out before reading the sentence after it!

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lol @ rCX [Big Grin]

The first time I saw this was when Papa Moose posted it some time ago. At the time, I basically filed it away under "interesting factoid."

In the times I've seen it since I have analyzed it a bit more and have come to the conclusion that it's bogus or that it doesn't describe my reading abilities. Occasional misspelled words tend to jump out at me, and passages like the above are excruciatingly hard for me to read at all.

(It occurs to me, though, that the average person reads on about an eighth grade level, so this study might just be a reflection of the fact that the average person already finds reading difficult, so it doesn't become more so when it is misspelled like this.)

:dkoonntw:

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Oh dear. I simply cannot understand this newfangled lingo. What are you youngsters chattering on about?
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See how many mistakes you can spot.
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Rivka I don't believe it is not saying that poor spelling is a sign of intelligence. It is saying that being able to decipher poor spelling is. There is a substancial difference.

Nor is it saying that spelling doesn't matter. It is clearly harder to read bad spelling, I have to look at each word or group of words rather than the whole line. And it would put a lot of people off (see Olivia's thread). But it is saying that could spelling is not always a pre-requisite for understanding.

Personally I enjoyed it! Thank you ?
And Raia you owe me a brownie!


[Hat]

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quote:
Originally posted by Icarus:
It occurs to me, though, that the average person reads on about an eighth grade level, so this study might just be a reflection of the fact that the average person already finds reading difficult, so it doesn't become more so when it is misspelled like this.

I don't think this means that the average person finds reading difficult, but that the type of stuff written on higher grade levels is harder to read. Most people read below their highest theoretical reading level (that is, I don't typically read research papers and doctoral dissertations).
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You still have to know how to spell in order to get the first and last letters right. How many of you spelled everything right first and then went and mixed up the middles?
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quote:
Originally posted by Raia:
[ROFL]

A brownie to whoever managed to figure that one out before reading the sentence after it!

Oooh, I get a brownie [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Jon Boy:
quote:
Originally posted by Icarus:
It occurs to me, though, that the average person reads on about an eighth grade level, so this study might just be a reflection of the fact that the average person already finds reading difficult, so it doesn't become more so when it is misspelled like this.

I don't think this means that the average person finds reading difficult, but that the type of stuff written on higher grade levels is harder to read. Most people read below their highest theoretical reading level (that is, I don't typically read research papers and doctoral dissertations).
No, trust me. The average person finds reading difficult. The average person does not read a single novel in a year, and does not consider reading to be an enjoyable activity.
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quote:
Originally posted by rCX:
Abinsniaaishelasnrtsitemtidm. The lgesnot wrod in the drioncaity!
[Evil]

Antidisestablishmentarianism, right?

It was easy from context (that we're talking about words, specifically long words, and it's the longest in the dictionary), but not by itself. It's obvious from this one example that it's not just the first and last letter we pay attention to.

Rather, it's either 1) a testament to how well our brain fills in what it expects when it sees something it doesn't; or 2) validation of the theory that most of our visual processing is devoted to verifying what we think we already see rather than teasing out meaning from visual input.

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I loved the original article, it was far better (or worse, depending on what you think of it, I guess [Smile] ) written, and had a few good points.


Anyone have a linky to the original? [Big Grin]

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I'm sure I've seen this before, but Hatrack has a way of taking something that's merely interesting and leaving me cackling uncontrollaby here in my tiny office. I was rolling! And rCX, that was brilliant!

(Although, not to steal anyone's thunder, I understand there is a longer word which I know I've seen in a standard dictionary (not the pocket dictionaries): pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.)

(or: pblahblahyaddayaddawhoevenreadsallthisgarbageinthemiddleanywayss)

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quote:
(or: pblahblahyaddayaddawhoevenreadsallthisgarbageinthemiddleanywayss)

That was pretty funny as well. [Big Grin]
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I can read these kind of things, but not because I'm intelligent, but because I’m dyslexic. There is an advert at train stations with the letter mixed up saying that assaults on staff don’t make sense. The first time I read the advert I didn’t get it because I hadn’t noticed that the letters were mixed up.

For me, reading text with letters mixed up, but the right first and last letter and the right length is almost as easy as reading normal text.

I suspect anyone who is good at proof reading and can spot every spelling mistake would have trouble, where as a poor proof reader would find it easier.

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quote:
There is an advert at train stations with the letter mixed up saying that assaults on staff donít make sense. The
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