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This is an unusual post for me, but my wife received this in an e-mail the other day. Not sure if the research behind it is true. But I share it with you and my friend Sarah.

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be
in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

See Sarah dyslexia isn’t the end of the world…maybe it’s just me and my brain, but I found this really easy to read. I get in trouble a lot when I’m reading, because I don’t read letters but instead take educated guesses at words…maybe that’s why this is easy for me.


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  1. I came across a hard copy of this (or something very like it) a few years back. It was given to me by my line manager (because I’m a pedant and his spelling was atrocious) to prove a point. Like you, I found it very easy to read. We passed it around the department and to everyone we knew. They also found it a snap. The only ones who struggled with it were my (then) primary school aged children. So I don’t know where the 55/100 figure comes from – my straw poll would put that figure – among adults at least – way closer to a full house.

  2. I saw this years ago with the explanation that as long as the first and last letters were in place, fluent readers (those no longer relying on phonetics) would be able to read it quite easily. This seemed to line up with our family- my confident but phonic relying reader had trouble but my dyslexic, whole-word reader had no problem- I’m not even sure he noticed the odd words!

  3. As a dyslexis, reading your text is as easy to read as any properly spelled text. Yet, I am not sure that it has to do with being dyslexic directly. As far as I know dyslexia is more an audio or hearing problem then a visual one. Maybe I am wrong there.

    Still, most dyslexics I met have this wonderful ability for pattern recognition. If we see clusters of information, we can somehow make sense or connection with meaning. Thus, we do not need all the letters in the right order to recognise a word. What we do need though is context. So, if you selected individual words from the text you wrote and removed them from their context, we wouldn’t be able to identify the words easily.

  4. I agree with the others who question the statistics, but the comments do prove a point about reading. Fluent readers with a large sight reading repertoire will do better. Oddly, it is easier if you just scan the words quickly, so people with more practice reading by glancing are in better shape for this kind of test. But I wonder, are there any fluent readers who have problems reading this?

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