An Experiment – Can you read this?
“I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch 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 any porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt”
This is actually sent to me via email. I however still believe that spelling is most important in a word. But it is interesting though. A few conclusion I can draw from this experiment are –
- I believe only english will have this effect since English words are usually very specific. If a Bahasa Malaysia word “Memahami” is changed, I doubt we will be able to read it – Mmamhaei
- Maybe it is imprinted in our way of thinking that what matter are only the beginning and the end. That is why when we watch a movie, we expect the ending to be conclusive. If for example, the movie had a “to-be-continued” type of ending, people tends to be frustrated with it ~ Matrix 2 etc
- Maybe we are so used to spelling error in sms that this is no different
————— Personal Note ————————–
English wise, I was very active since I’m in Standard 4. I competed in a story telling competition in both Standard 4 and 5. There was one incident I will never forget. I was in standard 5. And before going to the interschool competetion, the teachers had organized a rehearsel for me to do the storytelling in front of the whole pupil of my school. It would be some sort of preparation. I had no problem with that. I was then up there on the stage, giving all my best when suddenly I heard some voices from just in front of the stage. They were actually trying to distract me by giving comments on my attire, my look and even my nostril hahaha. They actually succeeded when I forget entirely my script. And in the middle of the story, I walked away very embarassed. The teacher was ever angry with me, but I don’t care, I actually did however win the interschool competition but lose when further representing the district.
So dear friends, do you have embarassing moments back in school years? Share it la… let’s be embarassed together hehe