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Pretty Freaking Cool

Tagg sent Zeph this thing that Zeph subsequently sent to me and although I had already figured out the principles involved, it was still wicked-cool to actually read something where the words make no sense.

The message involved:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deson'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 a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

My response:

That's really cool, but I knew that already. (Although I'd never had the chance to actually read something like that--that was pretty freaking awesome.) I learned that years ago when I was first learning Japanese. I wondered what my problem was when it came to being able to read Japanese quickly, and I realized that with English, I already know what the word is going to be. When I'm reading English, not only do I not look at all the letters in a word, I don't look at all the words in a sentence. So I've been teaching myself to recognize combinations of Japanese characters without looking at them. And it's working pretty well (although, of course, it's something I'm mastering *very* slowly).

I guess if I were uber-cool and had lots of free time, I'd respond using scrambled words, but I'm not and I don't so I didn't.

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