Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The pweor of the wtiretn wrod

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 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!

(Thanks to Mr Messy for that.)

The thing I found most interesting was that as I read the passage my speed increased until at the end I was hardly being slowed down at all. Truly, the haumn mnid is a wfourdnel tnihg.


At 04 September, 2007 20:39, Blogger Udge said...

(picks jaw up from floor)

wow. amazing. I'd read somewhere that people recognize words rather than reading them; that must be the ultimate proof.

At 05 September, 2007 18:28, Blogger Udge said...

Actually, it would be interesting (if difficult to test) to put a few genuine misspellings into such a scramble and see what effect they had.

At 06 September, 2007 04:42, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Reading it is almost as impressive as being able to write it, or should I say daingeR ti si mstola sa sesimeipr sa gnebi bela ot tierw ti.

At 06 September, 2007 16:52, Blogger Rob said...

Udge: indeed it would.From the fact that I had to look carfully to convince myself that some of the scramblings were genuine anagrams, I suspect a single-letter error would sail through unless it mapped to another real word. Of course, transposition errors which are the commonest typos would have no effect!

Joe: you missed one of the essential points which is that you need to keep the proper first and last letters (which is why only four-letter and longer words get sabcelmrd). And EGGS doesn't change either.

That last one is quite hard to unravel,isn't it? I sorted the jumbled letters into alphabetical order, though whether that made a difference or whether it's just a toughie, I don't know.


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