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FSACNIATNIG (Peploe can raed bteter tahn you mhgit tinhk tehy can)
National Review Online ^ | September 16, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 09/17/2003 11:09:59 PM PDT by Timesink

FSACNIATNIG [Jonah Goldberg]

From a reader:

Aoccdrnig to a 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 porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
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1 posted on 09/17/2003 11:09:59 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: nutmeg
geart msic pnig!
2 posted on 09/17/2003 11:10:30 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
Uh oh... I think FR's fonts are screwed up BIG TIME *FR FONT SIREN ALERT ******
3 posted on 09/17/2003 11:11:13 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: dighton
pnig
4 posted on 09/17/2003 11:14:15 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: Timesink
know whey!

Or

konw wehy.

gnu weigh

gnu wgieh

5 posted on 09/17/2003 11:16:12 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: Timesink
Sewet!

Tihs msut be hrdaer for dsylxecis thuogh.

6 posted on 09/17/2003 11:17:06 PM PDT by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: Timesink
Tanhks for pstingo tish infamritve awrdical.
7 posted on 09/17/2003 11:19:19 PM PDT by The Westerner
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To: Timesink
Dang .. and I thought my typing skills were bad ..*L*
8 posted on 09/17/2003 11:20:55 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Timesink
Deos tihs wrok wtih pig ltian?
9 posted on 09/17/2003 11:36:29 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero, something's gonna happen..)
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To: Timesink
Ecxellent Psot!
10 posted on 09/17/2003 11:38:33 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Awareness is what you know before you know anything else.)
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To: The Westerner
Tanhks for pstingo tish infamritve awrdical.

You mislsepled "inofamrvite" and "atrlice".

11 posted on 09/18/2003 12:22:54 AM PDT by jennyp (http://crevo.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: Timesink
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe

Uo-hh, tihs menas "wolhe wrod" rediang mihgt siltl hvae a baiss in fcat!

12 posted on 09/18/2003 12:25:25 AM PDT by jennyp (http://crevo.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: tallhappy
gnu weigh

fyi

Birthweight of Brindled Gnu: 22 kg (48 lbs.).

Or should that be "brithwiehgt of Birndeld ngu?"

13 posted on 09/18/2003 12:31:14 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: AntiGuv
Deos tihs wrok wtih pig ltian?

Not quite. It looks too much like you are aksnig if it wroks with pig Italian.

14 posted on 09/18/2003 12:33:56 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Hawkeye's Girl
Tihs msut be hrdaer for dsylxecis thuogh.

Maybe, maybe not. What if when they read it it looks like it should?

15 posted on 09/18/2003 12:35:24 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Timesink
neat! neevr toghut aoubt it lkie taht bofre...sohuld hvae reocgznied "Gestalt" thorey at wrok
16 posted on 09/18/2003 12:44:01 AM PDT by Johnbalaya
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To: Timesink
I've hraed taht wehn cofntroed by ltitle gery ailnes , taht
pig liatn wroks too cofnsue tehm, I'll hvae to emxnaie tihs Cmabgrie Sutdy fruhetr. Tihs cluod cmoe in hnday!
17 posted on 09/18/2003 5:12:10 AM PDT by Invasionofthebodysnatchers
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To: Timesink
BMUP
18 posted on 09/18/2003 5:15:37 AM PDT by Samwise (There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.)
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To: Angelus Errare
Pnig
19 posted on 09/18/2003 5:21:14 AM PDT by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: Timesink
The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

This should be, "...wouthit a porbelm." Though the last statement is true, some folks have made the error in reading instruction to try to instruct by whole word only. An alphabetic system has the advantage over ideographic systems in that the reader can encounter a word in print he has never seen before, but which he may have heard, and use a phonetic approach to get a clue as to what the word is. One is almost entirely lost with ideograms in a similar situation. And while reading takes place at far too great a rate to be the result of mentally sounding out the letters to identify the word, being able to do this very slowly gives a beginning reader a degree of positive feedback and a sense of accomplishment that is entirely lacking in trying to learn to read ideograms.
20 posted on 09/18/2003 5:24:38 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: jennyp
Uo-hh, tihs menas "wolhe wrod" rediang mihgt siltl hvae a baiss in fcat!

Not rlleay. See my psot aobve. Aphlaebitc wiitrng (and radenig) has all the avdnagtes of wlhoe wrod or iedoagrms raednig and mroe.
21 posted on 09/18/2003 5:28:14 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Beepersan
Pnig.
22 posted on 09/18/2003 5:32:45 AM PDT by trini
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To: Timesink
Man, they took long enough to publish. I was reading about this back in the 1970's in Psycholinguistics and Reading by Kenneth S. Goodman. Though he and others of the psycholinguistic approach back then TOTALLY missed the point of phonics as the best instructional approach to beginning reading.
23 posted on 09/18/2003 5:32:52 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: trini
LLO!!!
24 posted on 09/18/2003 5:33:50 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ain't Skeered...)
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To: Timesink
You need to use specchellk.
25 posted on 09/18/2003 5:34:49 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tag lnie onitopal, pinterd atfer yuor nmae on psot)
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To: Timesink
SOMEBODY started off on the wrong "home keys". (You're probably still pretty young if you have no idea what I'm talking about!)
26 posted on 09/18/2003 5:36:40 AM PDT by Maria S (I know a little bit about how White Houses work. Hillary Clinton, 8/26/03)
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To: Timesink
Interesting. Once in a while I stumble on a word when written that way.
27 posted on 09/18/2003 5:39:58 AM PDT by Snowy (My golden retriever can lick your honor student)
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To: Timesink
MY BRIAN HRUTS!
28 posted on 09/18/2003 5:42:12 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tag lnie onitopal, pinterd atfer yuor nmae on psot)
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To: Timesink
Thaw a corck of hits!
29 posted on 09/18/2003 5:42:45 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Timesink
Tihs is vey sirees.
30 posted on 09/18/2003 5:46:51 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tag lnie onitopal, pinterd atfer yuor nmae on psot)
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To: jennyp
tihs menas "wolhe wrod" rediang mihgt siltl hvae a baiss in fcat

No, not rllaey:
People don't perceive "wlohe wdros" until they've learned & internalized them - similar to muscle memory. However, when learning new words, students must do several things in parallel: (a) learn the meaning, including subtle nuances; (b) learn the pronounciation, which is the spoken version of the word; (c) learn the spelling, the written version of the word. Whole word teaching avoids the most effective technique for learning how to speak and write words. As they say: "you hvae to wlak bforee you can run."

This article is really not news or surprising. Ask a writer, editor or proofreader how often they come across obvious misspellings or transpositions that the writer (or even a reader) didn't notice - even though they knwo instinctively how to correctly spell the word. Likewise, how many times have you looked at word you've typed in an email or posting, thinking "That word just doesn't look right - but I can't figure out where the typo is" - and still you have no problem understanding the word.

The idea that after some familiarity people recognize entire words as a single symbol (as opposed to individual symbols stringed together) even if typos or transpositions are included is the basis for every "speed reading" technique.

31 posted on 09/18/2003 5:47:23 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: Timesink
Tihs is HGUE!
32 posted on 09/18/2003 5:47:29 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tag lnie onitopal, pinterd atfer yuor nmae on psot)
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To: Timesink
Ecsuxe me, I manet to say:

Tihs is HGUH!

33 posted on 09/18/2003 5:49:16 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tag lnie onitopal, pinterd atfer yuor nmae on psot)
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To: Timesink
Wow. Taht ralely was azaming! I raed the whloe thnig wihtuot misisng a baet!
34 posted on 09/18/2003 6:26:52 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Charles Henrickson
Tihs is HGUH!

RLOFLO !!!

35 posted on 09/18/2003 6:30:36 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Ross was right !!!)
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To: Timesink
The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Actually, I think the mind reads patterns of letters, and self-corrects to known spellings when it sees them. I noticed that I had to work a little harder in deciphering the misspellings to figure out what they should have been.

But that's probably too simplistic -- the mind also uses context to differentiate between words which could be "corrected" more than one way. We basically know what the word "should be" because we are able to perceive the basic thrust of the thought before it's completed.

For example, let's just randomize the order of the sentence:

The deos ervey a total rset mses and be you wrod wlohe can be raed it porbelm can. huamn bcuseae be mnid not raed lteter by Tihs is istlef, but the the wouthit as a.

The context is gone, and now it's much more difficult to tell what's going on. It looks much more like random typing.

36 posted on 09/18/2003 6:38:20 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Timesink
ma I degglo ni?
37 posted on 09/18/2003 6:44:09 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Timesink
You know what's scary? I really can read that stuff. Is this what's going on in our schools? No wonder the kids can't pass tests. No wonder the TEACHERS can't pass the tests.
38 posted on 09/18/2003 6:47:10 AM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: Timesink
Correction.
Real readers may be able to do that.

Not too many of us left.

39 posted on 09/18/2003 6:53:10 AM PDT by Publius6961 (californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: mrtysmm
I thnki eth ctorrec aswnre si tath ti si wrokngi, ohtersiwe, yuo wuold nto eb aleb ot raed teh grabel ot bgein wthi.
40 posted on 09/18/2003 6:54:34 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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To: Snowy
Interesting. Once in a while I stumble on a word when written that way.

There are other factors at play.
I read between 50 and 75 books a year, and part of the fun of reading for me is finding the typos and homonym errors in both fiction and non-fiction.

It's like hitting a brick wall.

41 posted on 09/18/2003 6:56:00 AM PDT by Publius6961 (californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: nuconvert; Pan_Yan; Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Pnig
42 posted on 09/18/2003 6:58:03 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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To: Timesink
Yes, but deos it wrok for lgnoer wrods lkie alhrsiibsnamnasiiasttnetedm?
43 posted on 09/18/2003 6:59:47 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Publius6961
I read between 50 and 75 books a year, and part of the fun of reading for me is finding the typos and homonym errors in both fiction and non-fiction.

It's like hitting a brick wall.

You think hitting a brick wall is "fun"? ;-)

SD

44 posted on 09/18/2003 7:03:24 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: aruanan
This should be, "...wouthit a porbelm."

Actually, either "read it without problem" or "read it without a problem" is correct.

SD

45 posted on 09/18/2003 7:04:18 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Hawkeye's Girl
I am dsylexic and it was just as easy when written correctly. My mind does it to regular words anyway sometimes.
46 posted on 09/18/2003 7:09:14 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: piasa
Udlaenn slolwaw, Acafirn or Eporouen?
47 posted on 09/18/2003 7:20:55 AM PDT by tallhappy
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Wll, Ive knon abot thes for a wile. Tha brain , once it lerns to reconize objcts (if wrkng prprly) can fil in mising pieces. It wil also fil in mising lims and othr body prts it has lernd to recgnize.
Is an amzng thng.
Thnk abut the ajstmnts yor brain automticly maks, vs that of a camra lns.
48 posted on 09/18/2003 7:23:40 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: Timesink
Of course, we could all simply be getting "trained" to compensate for the piss-poor spelling and grammar that pervades the web......
49 posted on 09/18/2003 7:24:49 AM PDT by SpinyNorman
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To: nuconvert
Excllnt pnt!

(Or is that just text messaging?) :)
50 posted on 09/18/2003 7:25:54 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Life isn't fair. It's fairer than death, is all.")
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