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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Sun, Sep. 14th, 2003 02:01 pm
Okay, this first, because it's just too cool

This may be an utter bogon, but it's at least amusing. Anyone got a link to substantiate it?

"Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."


I'm trying to decide how this (if true--it sure looks like it up there) and dyslexia interact with each other.

Found in jwz's journal, via novalis's.

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bikergeek
bikergeek
Socially Awkward Penguin
Sun, Sep. 14th, 2003 11:14 am (UTC)

reminds me of those secretarial school ads I used to see in the NYC subway that said, "f u cn rd ths u cn gt a gd jb."

if the theory is correct, it goes a long way toward explaining pre-1890s orthography, where variant spellings were common and even the very educated seemingly spelled things any which way. If it's spelled "correctly enough" for people to get the meaning, who cares?


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miss_chance
miss_chance
Chance
Sun, Sep. 14th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC)

Was it Ben Franklin (I think) who said that a man who only knows one way to spell a word simply lacks creativity? Spelling was not standardized in English until the mid 18th century at the earliest.


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miss_chance
miss_chance
Chance
Sun, Sep. 14th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)

I had to double take because that's often how typing looks to me at first shot, especially if I'm trying to read when I'm tired. Reading that was a little slow for me, but not much more slow than reading usually is for me (being dyslexic). That's also how typing always turns out for me, though I've generally attributed that to simply being a poor typist, rather than to my dyslexia. Come to think of it, though, that's odd that I would think of it that way since generally I learn well kinesthetically, and I know, when I write words like that it's my dyslexia.


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sweetmmeblue
sweetmmeblue
Madame Blue aka Pygment
Sun, Sep. 14th, 2003 06:08 pm (UTC)

I used to annoy an eglish lit teacher by reading Chaucer at normal speed, even outloud. I think it falls into this category. I'm also dyslexic spell as well as Pooh. :)


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