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Anti-meme killjoy

The scrambled interior letters thing is a bit of a crock, and it was when it ripped around the blogosphere two years ago. This article on the phenomenon, by somebody actually at Cambridge, might prove helpful. It breaks down the example paragraph sentence by sentence to discuss its claims.

Perhaps it's most fair to say that the example cheats a bit with its word selection, and it doesn't make the point it thinks it makes about spelling. Word recognition is an interesting process. There's a lot going on, from shape recognition to outright guessing based on position in the sentence. The linked-to article shows how this would cause way more problems in highly inflected languages instead of order-dependent languages like English.

There's a lot of redundancy in human language, which is a good thing.
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