Saturday, March 12, 2011

An example of redundancy in English

After I apologized too often for my bad typing, my sister-in-law sent me the following text to demonstrate that our brain can understand words even if only the first and last letters are correct
Yet aoccdrnig to a sudty 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 ttoal 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.
Apparently this text is well-known to language people!

1 comment:

The Unknown Soldier said...

Hey there - wandered over to your blog to check out your piece on rainbow tables. That was interesting, thanks!

The paragraph you featured in this post, however, has been analysed here - http://www.scribd.com/doc/7366101/Mystery-of-the-Scrambled-Words - to show that the conclusions drawn from said paragraph are spurious at best!

It's a cool trick though, right? Have a look at this one - http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_card_trick1.htm - see how long it takes you to work it out ;-)