August 12, 2012

I hate to break it to you

But this familiar hoax about how "Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs" is getting a little annoying. For those who still haven't seen this, here it is:

This graphic is one that comes with the attribution to Cambridge, but I'm sure you've seen one with Oxford or Harvard University.

The idea is down there with what you can find in the Rediff comments sections, because...

1. No one ever did that study.

2. It is full of obvious nonsense such as "This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole." Yes. That was the whole point of learning the language - that we read the words. Not letters.

3. And you always thought spelling was important? I see your point, on the Internet, you can be a complete mroon and nbdooy wlil crae... except cranky people with blogs, too much time and a grudge against the world at large.

4. Take it out of context. I dare you. String together 10 words of 8 letters each, with no relation to each other, scramble them, and tell me how the *phenomenal power of the human mind* fares.

5. I'd really respect the makers and sharers of this a lot more if they just put up a graphic that said:



Because, really, not being interested in spelling is not a thing that makes you a social pariah any more. Quite the opposite, in fact. For example, this post will result in me getting hate mail. Sharing that graphic, though, will get you 28 likes and 16 "ossum bro!"s. And isn't that what everyone wants?

3 comments:

Anuj said...

Hahahaha. Facebook is the new Orkut.

Parijat said...

Someone wrote about this several years ago. And it comes with an example of how it doesn't actually work. :)

http://scienceavenger.blogspot.in/2007/12/cambridge-word-scramble-study-its-fake.html

But spot-on nonetheless. Too many people too lazy to learn how to spell.

Rina said...

I just cannot stand people typing away in a strange way. A couple of years ago, I developed a strategy of not replying to texts or pings.

As a policy, I love to receive texts from prospective dates- that way I know which ones to avoid like plague.
I also pruned my friend circle to normal people typing complete words.

Say no to irritating typing patterns!