it wasn’t easy to write

Does Spelling Really Matter?

Posted in Public by jimmy on May 28, 2007

A Cambridge University study concluded that it doesn’t matter what order the letters in a word are arranged. The important thing is that the first and last letter are in the right place. The rest doesn’t matter. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.Wonder if that’s how the word spell-checker works. 🙂

For an example, read the text below….if you dare. Muhwaa ha ha ha.

Aoccrding to a reserach at Crmbaidge Univsreity, it dosen’t mtater in waht oredr the letters in a wrod are. The olny ipmortant tihng is taht the frist and lsat lteter be in the rihgt palce.

The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wuthoit prlboem. Tihs is bscauee the huamn mnid deos not raed erevy letter by iteslf, but the wrod as a wohle.

This site allows you to enter your own text to scramble…and even provides the source for your own enjoyment.


Deb Alloway


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  1. The Bagel of Everything said, on May 28, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    My mother-in-law is a reading expert for special needs children. I think she would call that “sight reading” (the other type being phonetic).
    If I understood her correctly, sight reading is sort of a cheaters way to teach a child to read, as they never properly learn to sound out new words.
    The link is fun…I wonder if it works in reverse? I could de-code some of my friends’ instant-message ramblings.

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