Monday, September 15, 2003

Can You Raed Tihs?

I thought it was very weird when I read this. I suppose it's true. We don't read every letter of every word - so it doesn't really matter what order the letters in the middle are.

Scrambled words are legible as long as first and last letters are in place.

From the languagehat site: 'Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. ceehiro.'"

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/09/15/2227256&mode=thread&tid=133&tid=134&tid=186

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