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October 11th, 2005 - ldhenson — LiveJournal
ldhenson
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.


According to Snopes.com, this is unverified--at least, the part that there was a formal study done on it. Apparently the claims it makes about this phenomenon is true, at least in this particular context.

(Just don't let any of those "Don't tell me I need to use proper spelling! What is this, school?" types get a hold of this...)

I've also noticed it works better the faster you read it...it's the method I've used in the past to read badly-spelled passages that were almost undecipherable otherwise. You lose something (appreciation of writing style, etc.) in having to skim so fast, of course, but at least you can pick up the content.

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