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Can You Read This? (Stolen from Kay, Song of Unforgetting)

June 28, 2007

Can you raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

If you can raed tihs, you hvae a sgtrane mnid, too.

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!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2007 12:03 pm

    The ability to read words scrambled this way is true of those who have mastered word recognition (i.e., immediately recongize a word and do not have to break it up into syllables or sounds). In contrast, those for whom whole word recognition is difficult, the majority of my students, are unable to read these “anagrams”.

  2. episcopalifem permalink*
    June 28, 2007 12:39 pm

    I’m sure my son couldn’t do it.

    It was very easy for me. But, I read, read, read. So I guess practice makes perfect!

  3. June 28, 2007 4:55 pm

    That was really weird. I read it just as fast as I read anything that is written correctly, which seems bizarre. I would have at least expected it to take me longer to read through and digest it.

  4. episcopalifem permalink*
    June 28, 2007 5:14 pm

    It’s cool, isn’t it! Welcome JMC!

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