Monday, September 15, 2003

Elingsh

I do not know if the paragraph below reflects any real research, but it is interesting none-the-less. Less any out there feel vindicated in their efforts to downplay phonetic reading instruction to focus on sight reading, I challenge you to read "avraradk" or "hacdeahe" with the same facility as below. We need both modes. One for the very familiar and the other for the less and new.

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht 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 it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

While we are on words, how fast can you unscramble "RATIL"? How fast can you find a second word unscrambled from the same letters? What is the only English word that begins with "HE" and ends with "HE" and is not "HE"? What is the only English word that has ADAC in the middle? Finding the second permutation of RATIL and solving the word puzzles can give you a headache.

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