Feb 10, 2011

Evidence Poor Typing Doesn't Matter...

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, February 10, 2011
To help shut out my internal editor I often write with my eyes closed - if I can't see it I can't change it *grin*. But doing that does lead to some terrible typos.

I recently stumbled across some notes from my university days and now I don't feel quite so bad about my typing:

Take a look at this paragraph. Can you read what it says? All the letters have been jumbled (mixed). Only the first and last letter of each word is in the right place.

I cnduo't bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? - and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt!

I couldn't believe that I could actually understand what I was reading. Using the incredible power of the human brain, according to research at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be in the right place. The rest can be a total, mess and you can read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole. Amazing, huh - and I always thought spelling was important!

How did you go reading the mixed up version?


Shayne on February 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM said...

I didn't have a prloebm.

Anita Joy on February 10, 2011 at 7:44 PM said...

Lol, very clever, Shayne.

Eleni Konstantine on February 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM said...

No probs....I think it's so clever that our minds can do this....

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