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    Olny srmat poelpe can raed this.

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    Olny srmat poelpe can raed this.
    I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
     
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    I've seen this before and it's pretty cool, but I disagree with "I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!" ;)
     
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    And it isn't precisely true - the letters still need to be placed near to their original position (beginning, middle or end of the word). If you scramble the insides of longer words randomly, they get unreadable.
     
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    If this is true, why is dyslexia sometimes so debilitating?
     
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    And the reader has to be familiar with the original word. I doubt anyone will recognize this one:
    Penuomnuolrtmaircocsiopclsiicvooclancoonioiss

    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
     
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    I concur. Very similar to clean underwear. Both have a profound affect how people will think of you.
     
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    Hocking a loogie?
     
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    Us word nuts got that one. (I actually did. Really.)
     
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    This^

    The claim is a myth, it only works with cherry picked passages.

    Behold the Science Avenger. :cool:

    And while the Science Avenger wasn't sure if the study was ever done at Cambridge, Matt Davis contacted his colleagues at the university to investigate the claim years ago.
    In a second update, more details are revealed:
    The whole article is chock full of good science about the psychology of language, I highly recommend people take a look.

    Science is so cool. :D
     
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    Well, it makes my eyes smart to read it...




    (Sorry, couldn't resist.)



    (Actually, I'm not sorry, and I didn't even try to resist)
     
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    Because the dyslexic doesn't always get the first and last letters in their right place and that very often they'll use a letter that isn't even in that word. Mostly because they are trying to sound out the word: spelling it in the way that they heard it, which may have been said with a slight regional slant to begin with...so they're f'ed.
     
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    Was this really necessary?
     
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    Wow, that's rough. Thanks for the info.
     
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    So what does it mean?
     
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    LMGTFY ;)
     
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    ditto GingerCoffee. Seriously.

    But yeah, penuomnuolrtmaircocsiopclsiicvooclancoonioiss? No. Just...

    Yeah, no.

    Silicosis, bro. Silicosis.
     
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    See Ginger's response.

    When I was a kid, The Guinness Book of World Records was one of my favorite books. I loved looking up stuff like "longest word in English" and so on. That's where I first found out about this word. I was about ten or eleven years old. I spent what seemed like the better part of an afternoon in my school's library figuring out how to pronounce it, then dazzled my parents with it when I got home.
     
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    i read that as easily and quickly [and accurately] as if it was all spelled correctly... so, does that prove i'm smart?... or just that i'm a good and fast reader? :rolleyes:
     
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    Let us not forget that Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is actually tied with another word for the title; Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, the plural form, is equally long :)
     
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    Raed tihs thnig bferoe.

    Seriously though, it doesn't prove that you're smart, in my opinion. I know for a fact, that, while I may be quick witted and have nice comprehension, I'm definitely not very intelligent. I have a decent IQ, but, as far as math, science, etc, I'm brain dead.
     

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