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amills's picture

Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy, the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen't mttaer, the olny thnig thta's iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy.

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John Hudson's picture

Matha, we've been over the reality/interpretation/opinion thing on Typophile before. By 'reality' I mean that which is real, beginning with the physically real and the logically true. An example of the physically real is the heavy rock which, dropped from a sufficient height, would kill you if it landed on you: this is not a matter of interpretation. An example of the logically true is that something either exists or does not exist, there is no middle state between existence and non-existence: this is not a matter of opinion.

The fact that we have thoughts about the real does not mean that the real exists only in our thoughts.

cph's picture

Three cheers for Godwin's law...

Joe Pemberton's picture

Diavd, you mssied prat of the pniot. The fsirt and lsat
cretcarahs hvae to be crorcet for it to wrok. (As you can
see, it dsone't wrok for sohrt wrods.)

Bald Condensed's picture

You're right, Hrant, but I also do agree with Daniel.

Joe Pemberton's picture

William, interesting comparison to spell checkers. They
simply have math on their side. When the first two
characters are known, it would dramatically limit the pool
of possibilities. The human brain may be more mysterious,
but I would hypothesize that it's similar.

Context seems just as important as word shapes or words
being out of shape.

Ctaronoinlautgs is much harder to figure out compared
to: Ctaronoinlautgs on wnining the pzire.

anonymous's picture

Fascinating discussion! Thanks all for the great ideas.

Just thought I'd crosslink to a couple of related discussions going on at the same time:

http://www.languagehat.com/archives/000840.php
http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/28301

And hey, Hrant, don't be so quick to knock Western science. The whole point of studying the exceptions is that they help you better understand the rules! (See anything written by Oliver Sacks for example.) Negative examples can help you prove your positive theories.

--Cassidy (alphabet obsessor)

anonymous's picture

Does all this mean I am off the hook if a typo gets through in the printing of a book at my studio/shop?

I ask this because people just LOVE to point out a small transposition after the book is all done and in the bindery.

I think I am just going to sneeringly refer them to you people.

I had a lot of trouble in school with what was not even known of then . . . dyslexia. For that reason I can never trust my own proofreading, and I have to really grit my teeth and concentrate when punching tape on the Monotype keyboard. They still get through . . . which you will no doubt have noticed if you read my posts.

Jim Rimmer

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