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I'm one of those who can, cool. Yeah, we read by the shapes of the word. You'll notice that in that paragraph shorter words are easier to read in a glance. The longer the word, the likelier it loses its word-shape, and becomes less readable.


that is crazy and i can't believe i read the whole thing - so interesting!


my kids tells me that everyone can read this, not only half the population. Aawanyy, I'm not srue I tlod you bfoere but I am a gaert fan of yuor bolg.

Elaine Wilson

The reason this works is that one-, two-, and three-letter words are unaffected. These small words, articles, conjunctions, and prepositions, add so much to the context of a sentence that meaning is easy to infer.

A similar paragraph where even the smallest words were changed would be much, much harder to read.


Actually this is quite old, they found it out about 1 1/2 years ago or so.


Wehn tihs fsrit cmae out a Caidanan utisreviny (srroy I hvae no lnik) sewohd taht if the ioiretnr lrettes are resreved the txet bemoces qtiue ulbadaerne.

When this first came out a Canadian university (sorry I have no link) showed that if the interior letters are reversed the text becomes quite unreadable. Random interior order is easier to read.


hey, cool. i´m surprised how quick i could read this. and @ comment #1: actually i find it easier to read the long words.


this is my proof that its not true.

Stsiienct hzehotesypid taht poolsgcyshit msesngaiidod nruumoes idnececins ivinlonvg alncesedot dopessiren.


in your example you are right. but in the above one, the longer ones were easier to read.


Another aspect is context and common vocabulary. We could read Tina's example quickly because the context remained the same throughout the paragraph and the words were not challenging. Rich's example above (which I can't read) has no context and it uses unusual (long) words.

Mary Richmond

Actually this is so old I learned it in a speedreading class in elementary school in the 1960's.....

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