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     Monday, October 11, 2004


    "I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht 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 thought slpeling was ipmorantt! "

    Yes, I know. Everyone's seen this before. It's cute, though and it helps me illustrate my point.

    I have been noticing lately that many people have a very limited vocabulary and therefore make up words when they are reading aloud because they've stumbled across one they didn't know. I theorised for a while that maybe it's a scenario similar to this snippet.. and people really were only reading the first and last letters of the word and imagining the rest of the word themselves. I'm still undecided, but it's fun to watch someone stumble all over themselves when they try to read aloud.

    Posted at 11:56 AM #

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