I don’t konw waht you’re siyang, but I konw waht you maen.

My ciuosn Sven snet me and Aadm tihs eiaml taht calimed the filwloong:

Aocnrdcig to a rrccheaseh at Cmdirabge Usniitvery, it doesn’t matetr in waht oredr the lretets in a wrod are, the olny iomnertpt tihng is that the frsit and lsat letter be at the rhgit place. The rset can be a taotl mess and you can still read it wtuohit pelobrm. Tihs is baseuce the hamun mind does not read evrey leettr by isetlf, but the word as a whole

Sevn meotnenid that wihle he was uaticnren wehhter the shoocl eevr did such a study, or wehtehr tihs was all just some Ierntnet/eiaml hoax of some sort. But he raeisd an innerstteig qsutieon: Why deos slpnileg mtater? As I undsreatnd it, luggnaae is a maens to esxerps iedas bweteen ppleoe. So wrods are the vhcilee uesd to mvoe ttghohus from your haed to sobdoemy esle’s. This sutdy/hoax/tngiehr smees to segusgt taht the atacul spnlielg of tsehe wodrs mttares very lltite… Now we terhe aeegrd that cxtneot seemed to play a mjaor role in dpernecihig what was said, so a stirng of rnaodm words was mroe dciuifflt to fuigre out (thus manikg the Jbulme in the nweeasppr knida tickry at temis), but eevn so, it’s jsut not all taht hard to fuigre out what is bieng said… It’s esay eunogh to be albe to sitll raed tihs parapragh at prtety mcuh the smae speed you wloud nlloramy, I tnhik. I guess the moajr diwndose is that mepniilslsg wdors makes you aepapr uitnnengilelt, or clerseas. I konw it jsut ikrs me when I find tpoys in blog posngtis a day afetr I’ve wrteitn it. I”m cievocnnd you all tihnk I’m a mroon, wichh of crusoe you do. But the fact rmnieas, eevn with my crpapy slnlepig, you pablroby know waht I’m tklaing abuot. I know Cshtria has grown so used to my frqeunet migpeilslsns she lileky dosen’t even noctie tehm aynrome (i hope) Ehiter way, I found it sieomnhtg iestritenng to tnhik aubot for a little while. Now if only Prel knew waht I was trnyig to say when I tepyd, I’d be all set…

In urnealted news, I got to see Jtnahaon‘s bnad, Ciarc Wseliy paly at Fdunroes aigan, and they wree enlcxleet. I had a good tmie tnlkaig wtih Aaln and his wife, Junko, Jeol, and Jnoaahtn’s wfie, Rhaecl. I was aslo pseaeld that tehy pylead my fairotve snog bfoere I took off. Chtay and BDF get the fniegr for syiang they’d come, then not ciomng. Jeol and I got dkinrs for free from a cute wastries.. but minaly bucsaee she cpeellmtoy fgorot aoubt us for abuot a hlaf an huor. Oehtr thgnis this weenked: I saw Mhccatstik Men, wihch was fialry eiaitnrtnneg, wnet to a “ptary” at Lsia and Lidsnay’s pcale, letar jeoind by Beth, a girl I deatd dunrig hgih soochl. She was kewl tehn and ctueonins to be now, tuhogh a good cunhk of me intnstlay felt like the paehittc lseor I blveieed mlseyf to be when she borke up with me as soon as she areirvd. Tfaulnlkhy I had devpeoeld a rthear ietnnse haechade aoubt hfaalwy tugrhoh the moive taht had mdae fiosncug on aintnhyg else nxet to issoilmpbe by taht pnoit. I took pitruecs of Kitrisn’s dog, Wositn wehn I went over to her house on Tuhdarsy. Dennir at the Vdhloef’s Snuady was wednurfol… I got to check out Liasndy’s new hosue, and later in the evneing I saw Jsoh’s new pcale. (Btoh are rrakalmbey ncie.) Josh and I hadeed in to Max and Erams and I was geeetrd with Sara, Amy, and Mray elmiacnixg in usinon “It’s Ron!”. That mdae my day. That is all.

8 thoughts on “I don’t konw waht you’re siyang, but I konw waht you maen.

  1. I didn’t have time/ energy to read all of your post, however, I know of some phonics research that suggests we do read every letter. Basically researchers replaced words with homonyms or misspelled words. These words were flashed on a screen in front of people and they had to group them or something. The point is people sound out even rather short words-even if it is in a nanosecond.

    Of course, I think it was some sort of educational research that brought us the MEAP test so …

  2. Yeah I read about this a couple of places in the past couple of days. I’m tempted to write a script that attempts to descramble based on /usr/dict/words but then I’m reminded that I’m lazy.

  3. Did you do that with a script, or take the time to scramble everything by hand. That would be even more annoying than reading it.

    It is interesting how easy it is to read. Seems to me the hardest words are the compound ones and ones with prefixes and suffixes.

    Sometimes I think I read a paragraph at a time. It happens when I’m reading fiction and can’t wait to see what happens next, so I sort of skip ahead, but skim over the paragraphs in between. More often than not, when I go back and read the intervening paragraphs carefully, there’s nothing in them I didn’t already absorb. This works best with Harry Potter, but once in a while it happens with more complicated prose.

  4. Quick note:

    I copied that from another website, and the host of that website was the one who was wondering whether spelling was necessary or not.

  5. klaas -> a quick perl script that went through and randomly arranged the innter letters of a word. It took a little work to make it avoid tags, but yeah, doing it by hand would suck.

    I’ve also noticed the same things when I’m reading, and especially Harry Potter. When I was in the airport in Paris reading book 4, I’d be racing from one page to the next, and it felt as though I hadn’t read the whole thing, and since I had quite a bit of time on my hands, I’d force myself to reread the page, and I found that I hadn’t missed anything.

    Another thing I find kidna funny (though it’s sort of unrelated) is how when I am reading and I come up to a complicated name, or made up word or something, and I either read it wrong or just mispornounce it, from that point on,I continue to pronounce it the same way. I may run across that same word a hundred times in the couse of the book, but I’ll never notice that I’m saying it completely wrong (e.g. In hitchiker’s Guide, I thought it was “Ford Perfect” through 4 books in the series.. When the 5th book finally came out, I reread the first 4, and then saw that it was spelled “Prefect”. ) It’s to the point now where if a name is particulalry complicated, or I just don’t like it, I’ll purposefully come up with an alternative, and read it that way throughout the rest of the book.

  6. Yeah, I do that sometimes with names. Other times I don’t come up with a pronunciation at all. Especially with Russian novels, in which the names are long and complicated. I’ll just read a name as “the long one with the V at the beginning and ‘ch’ at the end” and that will come to represent the individual. I think I did that with Raskalikov in Crime and Punishment so that the first time I talked with someone about the book after reading it, I had to think “Oh, right, that word they’re saying is probably how you’d pronounce R—v if you were to pronounce it instead of just seeing it.

    Ain’t brains neat!

    Oh yeah, and in the book-on-tape version of Harry Potter 4, the reader does your thing–decides to pronounce Parvati as Pavarti.

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