Friday, May 20, 2005

KnowwhatImean? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!

My buddy Peter Mitchell, the globe-trotting freelance writer extraordinaire, recently forwarded me the following batch of text, which claims to be based on a research study from Cambridge University. I couldn't find anything to substantiate the claim, but did find this interesting analysis by a gentleman named Matt Davis who works in the Cognition and Brain Science Unit at Camrbidge in the UK (I'm sure more than half of the claims we have such easy access to via the internet these days is bunk - among great things, technology has also given us rapid access to misinformation - but it's also nice to be able to find people taking the time to post more accurate or carefully studied views) In any case, it's interesting that the human mind is able to decipher such a bastardization of the English language . . . however carefully crafted it is . . .

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl 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. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia.

. . . now if only we could decipher the minds of the people we've charged with running this country.

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