June 07, 2005

Can you read this? You CAN??

A former student of mine, now in the wilds of Oregon, sent me this:
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rsceearh taem at Cmabirgde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr te ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat lteter 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 ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Such a cdonitoin is arppoitaely cllaed Typoglycemia.

Amzanig huh? Yaeh and yuo awlyas thhuogt slpeilng was ipmorant.

4 comments:

EFL Geek said...

Not proven http://www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/cambridge.asp but not disproven either.

Marco Polo said...

Thanks, EFL Geek. Urban legend, eh? It's interesting that this story's status is "still undetermined"!

Etienne said...

It is siltl ueeedinntmrd, weehhtr or not terhe is ueiinsrvty rreecash. You wluod tinhk aetfr fuor yraes of ciaiutnrclg smooene wluod hvae frieugd out weehhtr or not it’s bineg seiutdd. I dno’t tinhk the peeoohmnnn is pveorn. Tihs is hdearr to raed tahn the salpme inst it? Why? It hleps to hvae ltos of fuor leettr wrdos to eassibtlh ceoxntt. Piunttg the veolws in fonrt smees to mkae it haeerdr, too.

Thomas said...

Yes, I had a hard time especially with circulating...