September 15, 2003

Leave out the Middle

Aoccdrnig to rsereach 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 ltteres are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

I could not find the source of this 'research', only lots of folks quoting this block of text. Interesting. I think I may start writing my entire blog this way. What! You say? I already do?

Posted by fred1st at September 15, 2003 05:35 AM | TrackBack

Amazing! Who would have thunk it? I really could read the paragraph without a hitch and without slowing down. Maybe it will cause me to rethink my stance at work that each word in our reports should be spelled correctly. (Obviously, in a technical field such as mine, there could be disasterous results for some misspellings; but, on the whole....) Thanks.

Posted by: Cop Car at September 15, 2003 07:58 AM

You're right, I had no trouble reading and understanding that little gem. Interesting indeed!

Posted by: bogie at September 15, 2003 09:03 AM

Shhhh: You'll put us copy editors out of business. The Internet and e-mail were a boon because people started writing a lot more: business people, techies, etc. Until the economy and the dot-com world crashed, it created lots of new demand for editors to keep them from embarrassing themselves.

True, the paragraph is readable -- not easily, though -- and that's a comfort for all of us who dash off casual e-mail messages full of typos.

But for anything more important, most people still see errors as ignorance or carelessness ... I hope.

Posted by: LinB at September 15, 2003 11:22 AM

This post reminded me of fellow Rocky Top Brigade member The Wandering Hillbilly, who writes his entire blog in, shall we say, local dialect. At first it might come across as cutesy, but after a while it grows on you and can even influence your own writing and speech if you're not right smart careful..(see what I mean).

Posted by: fletch at September 15, 2003 07:11 PM

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