You’ve seen the e-mail, right? It’s been circulating the InterWebs since about 2003. It appears to be a random assortment of words:
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
But upon further inspection, you find you can read:
According to a researcher at Cambridge University, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that first and last letter is at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without problem. This is because we do not read every letter by it self [sic] but the word as a whole.
A clever little word nerd parlor trick, right? These guys don’t think so: