Smicbnalrg lrttees

Thursday 25 September 2003This is close to 20 years old. Be careful.

The idea taht sicbralnmg ltreets dso’ent hurt the rdbeaaitliy of txet has been boglegd eerhvywere by now:

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch 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 ltteer is at 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 itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

But has the most atvthutiraoie iifonrtmoan aobut it, iducinlng comnetms from the guy who did the ongiairl rasceerh (25 yaers ago).

Funny: now that I’ve created that paragraph, I find it very hard to read!


Maybe you have to be English to read it easily, I read that whole thing pretty much the same speed I normally read, or maybe I'm a slow reader?
Nah, it was a pretty slick read -- but I have noticed in other posted examples that there is the occasional word for which the scrambled spelling refuses to produce a meme association. Much of the meaning seems to come from Intellisense (TM) technology -- we need only fully decode the occasional word, and can then through most of the rest of the sentence. It's only when a surprise word is interjected, or when there is insufficient data to make a decent guess at what the next word is probably going to be that we have to resort to explicit decoding. (See what information theory as a hobby can do to you?)
"and can then through most of the rest of the sentence" -- I failed to take into account the probable means for intercepting HTML. I had used a less-than, word, greater-than construct to make the word "tab" appear as a keystroke entity. The word should have appeared between "then" and "through" in the excerpt.

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