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~Lenore    Posted 11-05-2003 at 13:36:00       [Reply]  [No Email]

Aoccdrnig to a recheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lterer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

(This bit of trivia sent by Perry Thomason, owner of Pappy's General Store in Victoria, Tx. Thanks, Perry)

I still encourage our school age readers not to try this method of spelling on your English or Spelling teachers in school, it will not work no matter what Caambridge research says! ;-)

Brian-2N    Posted 11-06-2003 at 14:24:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That just shoes to go you what happens when you get your mords wixed.
Of course spellchecker doesn't help with Spoonerisms or bad punctuation either.

Darryl (Mo)    Posted 11-05-2003 at 17:55:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Lenore,

Yes, it's an interesting exercise in how the mind works. I read through your above example without any difficulty at all. I'd add a word to your admonition not to try to pass such stuff off to spelling/grammar/English teachers. To those who think, "It don't make no difrance how yew spell or rite, jest so yew can make yerself unnerstood," I'd say, "Not necessarily!" It may not make that much difference for us more 'mature' folks who are already past life's half-way point and are probably set in some sort of employment/social arrangement. But for younger (especially school-age) people starting out it can make a great deal of difference. I'm thinking mostly of the job application process. The first contact anyone with the means to offer employment has with a potential employee is usually from a written application. The HR people at my workplace have remarked on many occasions about the latest 'doozie' they've received from someone looking for work. They didn't say it, but I got the strong impression that the 'fonetikaly spelt' application with the commas inserted at random and other creative punctuation probably went to the bottom of the pile of hopefuls. On the other hand, it's sometimes enlightening to read some of the things management posts for 'the herd' (that's us worker-types) on the bulletin board. I don't think we all need to speak/spell/write perfect Oxford English, but for most of us English is our native language and we really should be able to use it with some accuracy. Especially if we're going to complain about these foreigners coming in who haven't/won't learn English. We should at least be able to complain about 'em in coherent sentences. Just my $.02 worth. Your mileage may vary.

~Lenore    Posted 11-06-2003 at 07:06:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, Darryl, how are your brothers Darryl and Darryl? ;-) (Bet you got that a lot during the Newhart show days.)

I agree with you, as a former employer, those little things mean a lot.
The government restricts what can be asked, but an application says plenty. My first impression was a visual look at the page. Then the wording said volumes.

It surprises me how some young folks look and speak when applying for jobs. If you are applying for work at a carnival, it might work. Most businesses think of how you will look as a represntative of their business. It helps to look good.

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