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Old 05-19-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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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 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 a 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
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Early in my career, I was trained to be a proofreader and was called upon to proofread everything from legal documents to book-length manuscripts. It was one of the most interesting jobs I ever had, but also somewhat stressful. (And I find that even now, I can't read ANYTHING without automatically proofing it which drives my family crazy.)

You are absolutely right to note that the brain "sees" what it expects to see so one of the tricks that proofreaders use for checking spelling is to read the document from the end to the beginning -- word by word. (and, no, Microsoft Word does not catch every error!)
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For me, to proofread, I read it out loud - makes a big difference - although your demonstration was very powerful - yes, I could 'read' it all.

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ooooh that was fun. please sir, may i have another?
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