Spelling isn’t important

To be honest, I think spelling is hugely important, but this is pretty mind boggling…

Take a look at this paragraph. Can you read what it says? All the letters have been jumbled (mixed). Only the first and last letter of each word is in the right place.

I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? – and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt!


I couldn’t believe that I could actually understand what I was reading. Using the incredible power of the human brain, according to research 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 in the right place. The rest can be a total, mess and you can read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole. Amazing, huh – and I always thought spelling was important!

How did you go reading the mixed up version?

6 comments on “Spelling isn’t important

  1. Giggling Fattie

    June 16, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Totally easy!

  2. It is amazing how we translate to what we think we see and explains why I’m lousy at editing my mss!

  3. I’ve seen this before, so I had no trouble deciphering the mixed up paragraph. I would imagine that it would be hard for some. Although, I wonder if dyslexics would find that easier or harder.

    • Actually, that’s an interesting thought about dyslexic readers. I wonder if the scrambling makes other reading issues easier or harder.

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