Cna yuo raed tihs?

My mom forwarded this to me today. Interesting.  Makes me wonder if one of the reasons dyslexia can be such a problem for readers is because their brains scramble the letters so that the first and last letters are no longer in their original places.  When their brains scramble only the inner-letters, maybe that’s when dyslexia’s not such a problem?  Also, I would think that more than 55% of people could read this, but maybe that’s Cambridge University’s stats.  Anyway, here ’tis.

Only great minds can read this ?

This is weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it

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2 thoughts on “Cna yuo raed tihs?

  1. Cambridge University apparently had nothing to do with this “study,” and the stat about 55% is likely meaningless, but there is a significant implication in this text for how successful readers process text. (BTW, longer words, and decontextualized content make things a lot harder. It seems if you leave consonant digraphs intact in the scramble, as well as double consonants, it also increases intelligibilty.) There’s a phonics automaticity good readers possess that interacts with syntax and context to make this kind of scramble readable. I wonder how identified dyslexics do with it compared to non-dyslexics. There’s a lot more to this than a cool little novelty email, I think.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Mark. Yeah, I can see that longer words, less context markers, and separating digraphs and double consonants would make reading scrambled words a lot hard. But it is a really fascinating little paragraph, isn’t it, for what it intimates about the way our reading brains work — even if the study or the citation are suspect. And it would be fascinating to see how dyslexics process it.

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