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Why proofreading is hard

proofreading error

Aoccrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny ipormoatnt 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 the txet wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.


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  1. Gaert psot, mnay poelpe hvanet hared of tihs and are amzead to fnid out.

  2. CH

    I’ve read that somewhere else earlier in my lifetime. Now, every time I really need to proof read something, I consciously take the time and study nearly every word as I go. It is ridiculous! New spell checkers are making that less and less hard on my time.

  3. This is the most brilliant and funny explanation of the phenomenon I’ve seen.

  4. I wish I could take credit for it, but I’m really just passing it along.

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