This we’d heard of before, we’re sure like many of you, but when it was written out very clearly on the excellent site, 30gms, all about the legend of Typoglycemia. It’s this idea that people can read simply by the length and spacing of the words they’re familiar with, even if the words don’t make any sense. Turns out, it’s kind of all a big fraud. But it’s neat all the same, and someone out there, surely, might be able to put it to some use in some creative project. Here’s some:
The legend is propagated by email and message boards and demonstrates that readers can understand the meaning of words in a sentence even when the letters of each word are scrambled. As long as all the necessary letters are present, and the first and last letters remain the same, readers turn out to have little trouble reading the text.
In actual fact, no such research was carried out at Cambridge University. It all started with a letter to the New Scientist magazine from Graham Rawlinson in which he discusses his Ph.D. thesis.