tres cool

Al here… just thought I’d share an email I just received:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch sdtuy at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht odrer the lterets in a wrod are, the olny iprmnoett tihng is taht the frist and lsat lteetr be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pormbels . Tihs is bcuseae the haumn mnid deos not raed ervey lteetr by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

The psycholinguist in me is fascinated… I wonder if this was a real study at Cmabrgde?

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4 Responses to “tres cool”

  1. moorishgirl Says:

    Maybe not Cmabrigde. The email chain is analyzed here. And of course LanguageHat is always on top of things like this.

    BTW, I got it twice in the last week, and again this week, in French. I expect to get it a few times more.

  2. Al Says:

    Oh well… I thought I was onto something :(

    I still think it is cool, though. I’m afraid it would totally destroy my connectionist models…

  3. Dud Says:

    But deosnt tihs dpeend etnirely on an abscene of abmiguity ? eg:

    The nkaed forset ragner gesruted pourdly at the szie of his pines.

    ( Srory I cuoldnt tihnk of a lses puelire exmaple..)

  4. Dud Says:

    …and a PS on the subject of reading text.

    Cover up the bottom half of a line of text leaving the top half of the characters visible. More often than not, you’ll have no difficulty reading the text. Now reverse this and cover the top half. Suddenly it’s incomprehensible. (Agreed?
    Or is that just me ? )

    And does this only work with this alphabet ?

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