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Interesting language

Posted by Lotg on September 26, 2003

In Reply to: Interesting language posted by James Briggs on September 26, 2003

: : : One of my students presented this to the class.

: : : Aoccdrnig to a rscheearcer at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are in the rghit pclae. The rset can
: : : be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

: :
: : Not taht I hvae had there emalis aubot taht arleady tihs week.

: : It cretinaly wroks!

: The article went on to say that, however, certain single letter words like " " and " " will disappear!

:::: Hmmmm. This email went round the traps and reached me too. However, my email ended with a comment to the effect of: "See, spelling isn't everything, you can still read this perfectly well." No doubt an excuse on the sender's behalf for his own lack of skills in this area.

I pointed out to him that I was still able to read it, but not perfectly well, and not without some difficulty. To me, reading this, is a bit like trying to speak while travelling in your car on a corrugated bumpy road. Lot's of breaks and jumps.

I also didn't understand the comment immediately prior to mine, by James Briggs I think, that "words like " " and " " will disappear". I didn't receive that in my emailed version. I did note that they didn't mess about with the 'and' words. They were left in tact. But I didn't understand James' comment.