Supaproofread Explores Fun With The English Language
Very funny video on recognising the importance of proofreading your work.
From teacher Taylor Mali, on spellcheck, proofreading and writing.
This short paragraph, produced by an academic, highlights the need for a proofreader. It re-iterates a viewpoint that our eyes see what they want us to see and not necessarily what we should be seeing:
'Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is beuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istelf, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, huh?'
Instead, the text should read:
According to a researcher (sic) at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself but the word as a whole.
If you want to read more about the research above then visit Matt Davis's page at Cambridge University
It does seem that there was in fact a dissertation on this subject back in 1976: The significance of letter position in word recognition. See a discussion of this on Uncle Jazzbeau's Gallimaufrey's blog. Interestingly, the comments are surprisingly true!!
The following poem was published in the journal of Irreproducible Results, vol. 39, #1, January/February 1994, page 13, and vol. 45, # 5-6, 2000, page 20.Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
See above how the author has written 123 of the 225 words completely incorrect, even though all of the words are spelt correctly.