Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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Reading words by the "whole-word-shape" method

Seen in linguaphiles:

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh 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 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 it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

(Some comments added that readability is improved if you keep together small morphemes [such as word-final -ed]. And separating digraphs such as sh would probably also make things more difficult. But I was still surprised how fluently I could read that text.)

Edit: See also jwz's entry and the comments on that.

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