Linguistic Tomfoolery

I caught this on a forum and found it damned interesting:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. 

This was followed by another post by someone else:

Vandalin – that’s why it’s so hard to read anything written in all caps – see below:

I BET IT’S MUCH HARDER TO READ THIS ONE LINE THAN IT WAS TO READ THE POST ABOVE

Eerie how true that is. Anyhoo, just some random stuff I came across while trying to figure out whether dilemma should be spelled dilemna. Hint: It shouldn’t. Where that idea came from is beyond me. Thread is here if you’re interested.

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One thought on “Linguistic Tomfoolery

  1. we did an experiment in letter order in a psych class when I was a student. It’s all to do with the way your brain recognises words. It was very cool.

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