Turn off the spell checker

A friend emailed this message to me a couple of years ago and, in case you haven’t seen it, I thought I would pass it along:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch taem 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. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed Typoglycemia :)

Anzamig huh? Yaeh, and yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.

Also, if you Google™ typoglycemia, you can find sites that will allow you to create your own TGic messages. For example:

Heuopllfy you hvae been enyjiong my bolg ernites. I try to psot at lesat one new ertny a week, stemoemis mroe but rleray lses.

I don’t know: The original one seems a little clearer to me… This also reminds me of something from my old TESOL days, that mixing up syllables in verbal speech, that everyone does occasionally, proves their morphemic existence. Huh? (Ask a TESOL or linguistics guy.)

— Originally published on September 6, 2009


  1. I love your great spirit and your great mind! Blessings, Doc Meek, THE LEARNING CLINIC WORLDWIDE,

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