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Typos - and all those who fear them
April 28, 2006
3:27 pm
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fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit
pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

April 28, 2006
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Hloy siht! Thta's wlid!

April 28, 2006
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hi SC too

heheeee

I couldnt agree with this though:

>The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.< I mean that must be harder to read, even if a little. Yes we can read it, but its like driving over a bumpy road. Still I was amazed, yea, that I could read it. heh.

April 28, 2006
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SC,

I've seen this before and had no problem reading it as well.

It is pretty wild...thanks for the giggle.

Lolli

April 28, 2006
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((((SC))))

That was Hilarious!!!! Thanks so much for the fun thread, I really needed it today after coming back from work!

~Love, Ras~

April 28, 2006
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Cute...unfortunately, I could read it perfectly as well:) lol

Thanks, SC!!!

April 28, 2006
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i could read it as well. it's amazing. thanks sc.

April 29, 2006
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Site Coordinator,

That's amazing. I was able to read it without any problems. I thought it had to do with my experience as a technical editor, but after reading everybody's responses, that's not it at all.

Kudos to our amazing brains.

April 29, 2006
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Hi SC,

Very funny--thanks!

It is remarkable how we can read such messed up text. It kind of explains how chat speak is so popular.

It also reminds me of how they discovered that good typists can type literally faster than ought to be humanly possible. Turns out that a person does not first intend to type "Dear Sir" and then think of how to find "D" then "E" the "A" and so forth. Instead we think "Dear Sir" and send a command to retrieve the motor sequence that types it.

Speed reading is similar--you don't read a word one letter at a time or a line one word at a time. Instead you try to gaze at large chunks of a line and identify words and phrases by their context. For example if you are reading a buisness letter and see "T* W**m I* M*y C*****n" near the top you "expect" to see "To Who It May Concern" and your mind fills in the text kind of automatically.

I have been dreaming of a kind of super word processor that uses those principles to let non-typists "type" really fast--a sort of "style processor..."

April 29, 2006
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Well that was easy! What's wrong with the other 54,oops 45 that can't erad it?

April 29, 2006
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And oups I was able to read it so easily!

April 29, 2006
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wow I could read that better than I can my husbands hand writing LOL

April 29, 2006
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I work in special education, and I've seen this exercise in many workshops I've attended. I read it very easily the first time I saw it...but, then again, I have been reading the handwriting of dyslexics for 20 years 😉

April 30, 2006
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Hi SC,

Thanks for the levity - yes, I could read it! Perhaps that is because if I am not careful, it is how I type 🙂

Thanks for the laugh break.

Love,

Z.

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