September 15th, 2003

Scrambled words are legible as long as first and last letters are in place

I'm lazy but facsitnaed so I'll reopst and link
http://boingboing.net/2003_09_01_archive.html#106357681929603828

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by ilstef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Well the fact that I didn't rcoeignze that I was redaing scarblmed text until I was well into the thesis proves the point. But I'm unable to find an original source for this anyone care to identify 'An Elingsh uinervtisy'?

What this means for our understanding of dyslexia?
Are there comparable effects for pictographic languages like Chinese?
Are spelling contests now even less relevant to life?
Can software spell checkers be improved by using this to change the size and specificity of the search space or the chosen replacement?
This makes sense given what we know about how we recognize faces, but where else will we find similar phenomenon?