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Word Play: Scrambled Letters; Message in Numbers; Numbers and Letters
I have always been intrigued by word play and word games. I enjoy using words in different ways on different occasions, sometimes literally and other times playfully.
Emails and Word Play
Emails can entertain us. Some can challenge us. Some actually have the ability to do both. Over the years I have received emails that talk about how our brain processes information, especially information that we read. One such email sent text very similar to the text below. Can you read this paragraph?
It is hrad to bveeile that I cloud raed and utadnrensd the wrods in fornt of me. It just pveors how ainzmag and idcebilnre the haumn bairn is. In a sudty ceetlpmod by Cmarbigde Uinevrtisy, lteetrs in wdros can apaper in any oedrr with the eticexpon of the fsirt and lsat ltteer (they msut aaeppr in teihr cerocrt pitsonois), and senomoe can siltl raed what is wetitrn. They elipaxn that the hmaun mind deos not look at each lteetr iladdunliivy, but ineatsd lokos at the word as a ctmoplee uint. Pterty dran azimang, huh? I wluod htae to tinhk that I mhigt have to caghne my psitooin on the mttear of wthheer crercot slenpilg is itrpmnaot or not.
Did you have any problems reading this paragraph?
In the above paragraph, the first and last letters are in the correct position, but the letters between those two have been scrambled. According to the study done at Cambridge University, you should have been able to read this with no problem. To check if you read the paragraph correctly, it is written below.
It is hard to believe that I could read and understand the words in front of me. It just proves how amazing and incredible the human brain is. In a study completed by Cambridge University, letters in words can appear in any order with the exception of the first and last letter (they must appear in their correct positions), and someone can still read what is written. They explain that the human mind does not look at each letter individually, but instead looks at the word as a complete unit. Pretty darn amazing, huh? I would hate to think that I might have to change my position on the matter of whether correct spelling is important or not.
I created the above paragraph by paraphrasing the original text. I am placing it here for you to look at, because I believe that it just might be a little easier to read. It could, however, just be my imagination. But if it is easier to read, it could also be that certain letter positions and groupings may also make it easier for our brains to comprehend.
Did you have any problems reading the paragraph?
You were probably able to read both without much difficulty. The study(the email stated), and your ability to read the above, proves that our brains do not comprehend words letter-by-letter but instead analyzes the complete word unit as a whole. But is that really true? Let’s look at another example. This time I will use just one sentence.
A laocl atmodatnrsiir has agodweekcnld the drootc’s magltheuasnr of a tgeeane cceanr pintaet due to a durg blendur at tiher hatospil.
This sentence which should have been much harder to decipher was adapted from a sentence in an article, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, written by Matt Davis. In his article, Mr. Davis debunks this study, one that was never done at Cambridge by the way, as a myth. He does go on to explain that there is some truth in the principle of it, but not enough. Read his article to get the whole truth. It gives a very thorough explanation of why the example in the email may have been easier to read than the one I created from my paraphrase.
What did the sentence say? The answer is below this picture.
The answer is . . .
A local administrator has acknowledged the doctor’s manslaughter of a teenage cancer patient due to a drug blunder at their hospital.
Were you able to read this sentence the first time?
Another Email – Word Play and Brain Study
Recently I received another email entitled, Brain Study. This was another email that played with words, but in a totally different way. This email begins by stating, “I’ve seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I’ve seen it with numbers.” And then it jumps right into the meat of the message with:
Can you read what is said above? If so, you should have no problem reading the following paragraph. The email continues by stating, “If you can read this, you have a strong mind.” I don’t know if that statement is true or not, but that is what is being said. Here is the text:
Have you seen this Word Play before?
Did you have any problems reading this paragraph?
Although I've searched, I was not able to locate any further information about the validity of the statements concerning this email. I am looking forward to seeing the results of the polls.
So what did that paragraph say?
Amazing things! Impressive things! In the beginning it was hard but now, on this line your mind is reading it automatically with out even thinking about it, be proud! Only certain people can read this.
Word Games - That's all Folks!
Words are fun to play with, which is evidenced by the fact that many people do: crossword puzzles, word search, cryptograms, etc. Let me know how you felt about this word play, and if you know of any others that I can add. Word play - have fun with words!
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