Guest post by Rosevita Warda
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Try reading these sentences (translation at the end of blog), provided by Matt Davis, to understand that words get harder to decode the longer they are.
“The sprehas had ponits and patles”
When will our students learn in school that they possess a brain so powerful they can do most anything if only they invest the time and energy required to develop the skills?
Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
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.
What it means
It’s been 10 years that this message is circulating on the Internet. That’s 10 years of people misinterpreting what it means:
fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.
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1- Big ccunoil tax ineesacrs tihs yaer hvae seezueqd the inmcoes of mnay pneosenirs. [Big council tax increases this year have squeezed the incomes of many pensioners.]
The sherpas had pitons and plates… The shapers had points and pleats… The seraphs had pintos and petals… The sphaers had pinots and palets… The sphears had potins and peltas. (palets: paleae (a part of a grass flower), peltas: shields, pinots: grapes, potins: copper alloys, sphaers, sphears: both old form of ‘spheres’)
- In the viral example the letters often simply switch places with their immediate neighbor, like in “istlef“.
- Reading jumbled text takes substantially longer than reading conventional copy.
- Weak readers still have trouble reading it, and typically give up after a few words. Readers can manage abstraction only for words for which they have full automaticity.
2- A dootcr has aimttded the magltheuansr of a tageene ceacnr pintaet who deid aetfr a hatospil durg blendur. [A doctor has admitted the manslaughter of a teenage cancer patient who died proceed to these guyswriting service after a hospital drug blunder.]
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mind!
People tend to be surprised that they can read the jumbled text at decent speed. Why are they surprised? Did nobody ever tell them that the potential of their brain is nearly infinite?
So, what does it actually mean? That spelling is not important?
[Interestingly I’m studying this controversial phenomenon at the Department of Linguistics at Aberystwyth University and my extraordinary discoveries wholeheartedly contradict the publicized findings regarding the relative difficulty of instantly translating sentences. My researchers developed a convenient contraption at http://www.aardvarkbusiness.net/tool that demonstrates that the hypothesis uniquely warrants credibility if the assumption that the preponderance of your words is not extended is unquestionable. Apologies for adopting a contradictory viewpoint but, theoretically speaking, lengthening the words can manufacture an incongruous statement that is virtually incomprehensible.
that makes sure everything you type is clear, effective, and mistake-free.
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The email is “rigged” to make it easy to read. It also has much less to do with the subject of spelling than the email suggests.
As another example, try reading this comment at bisso.com:
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Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh?
3- Iltnsegnetiry I’m sdutynig tihs crsrootaivnel pnoheenmon at the Dptmnearet of Liuniigctss at Absytrytewh Uivsreitny and my exartrnairdoy doisiervecs waleoetderhlhy cndairotct the picsbeliud fdnngiis rrgdinaeg the rtlvaeie dfuictlify of ialtnstny ttalrisanng sentences. My rsceeerhars deplveeod a cnionevent ctnoiaptorn at hnasoa/tw.nartswdbvweos/utrtek:p./il taht dosnatterems that the hhpsteyios uuiqelny wrtaarns criieltidby if the aoussmpitn that the prreoecandpne of your wrods is not eendetxd is uueniqtolnabse. Aoilegpos for aidnoptg a cdocianorttry vwpiienot but, ttoheliacrley spkeaing, lgitehnneng the words can mnartafucue an iocnuurgons samenttet that is vlrtiauly isbpilechmoenrne.
Why it works
The fact that we can read misspellings doesn’t make them a good idea. Spelling conventions serve many purposes. It makes reading faster, clearer, and more effortless. It also identifies you as an educated individual who is able to pay attention to detail.
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