Mike’s Dump

October 25, 2005

Can you read this?

Filed under: Home — mikesdump @ 12:02 pm

This was sent to me in an email the other day and I thought it was pretty cool.

Give it a try.

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 deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a
wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be
in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed
it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed
ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and
I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

This little blurb got me thinking and I wanted to read more about it. I
popped over to Google and found a few hits (this has obviously made its
rounds on the net) which pointed to this being a hoax. In my search I did find the below post which I thought was interesting.

This particular e-mail caught my eye because it beautifully illustrates
the problem with inspection. As an editor, it’s easy to read over a
word that is absolutely, completely misspelled and not catch it. The
mind sees what it wants to see. That’s why multiple editors read the
same pages over and over again to help mitigate this problem. Even
spell check doesn’t always work. How many times have we caught “quality
manger” or “pubic courses”? More than once or twice, believe me.

Read the rest here

The same probably would hold true for testing software. That is one reason developers are so horrible at testing their own code.


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