Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?

By Daniel Scocco - 1 minute read

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Today while opening my email I came across a very interesting message from a friend. It was basically a message where the letters of each word were all scrambled. The first and the last letters were kept intact, but between them they were all mixed. Surprisingly enough I could read it perfectly. Below you will find the message. Can you read it?

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

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 dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghi t pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.

They say that only 55 people out of 100 can read that way. I would believe this number to be higher (considering that I never found someone who could not read it). What do you think?

69 Responses to “Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?”

  • ahmet nurlu

    I am not a native speaker but can easily read it. I think it depends on how you are knowledgeable about the subject. The opening sentences of the pragraph gives the clue that helps me to read the rest of the passage, even choosing a few key words from the sentence to extract the meaning of it. In the era of Internet, people reads much faster than those who had lived about a century ago.

  • Cody

    Well I am only just beginning high school, so only one word inthat entire passage hadn’t i seen before. That word was Cambridge.

  • Joyce

    I don’t think this is true, I can read this paragraph without any problem, why? because the words are arranged in sentences. try scramble 10 5-7 letter words and have your friends read it, they’ll sure have a hard time.

  • Lary

    I could read 😉 uhuu Lol

  • Charles Whitin

    “…or litarary skills necesarily…”

    At least you ought to attempt to be accurate with the words you write as the author of Daily Writing Tips!

  • Tony

    Just came across this today. I could read it but I know a friend who could not. He suffers from dyslexia which means that he cannot correctly read words that are formed normally much less those that are not. However, the 55 out of a 100 would refer to those who are using areas of the brain designed for pattern matching and not linguistic or litarary skills necesarily. Those who would have most difficulty would be those who have pattern matching problems with symbolic references, ie, letters and words, and similar patterns.

    Many people today suffer from a minor form of dyslexia when it comes to certain words. Such as those most commonly miss-spelled (friends, believe, receive etc). This has led to the assumption that the brain reads words through pattern matching only rather then by symbol and pattern matching. However, the truth is that the brain registers words on a variety of different levels and 55 out of 100 people are using the full range of these levels, where as the other 45 may be lacking in one or more of them.

  • Casse-bonbec

    Well, I’m French and I was able to read it easily enough. The fact that, being an English teacher, I sepak, raed and wtire English everyday probably hpeled me a lot.

  • Charilie

    Yeah. It’s not that amazing. It was on the back of a Chick-fil-a kid’s meal bag. Some kid probably made up that email and sent it to his friend, who sent it to his friend, who sent it to his friend, who sent it to his uncle, who sent it to his sister, who sent it to her son, who sent it to his baseball team, who’s coach sent it to… you get it. I bet 100% of people can read it. But it is kind of cool.

  • Jack Minear

    During a recent meeting I mis-scribbled a word “Upgraded”, as “Upardged” (caps are as I wrote it). As you can see, all of the letters are there. This is a meeting with a lot of discussion and I am often referencing other information while I capture quick comments, so I am almost “ghost writing”. Clearly on review I catch it so I am assuming my cognition is intact, but do you find it interesting that indeed I am writing out the jumbled word with the same logic (same beginning and end)?

  • Max

    you need to remember that a large population of the world cant read or write so that might be a factor used to estimate 55 out of 100.
    and yes i can read it just like a normal paragraph.

  • marTin

    First, I have to say that this site is absolutely fantastic. I love to read all these interesting contributions and comments. I could read the above article easily and I’m not a native speaker.

    Regarding posting no.28 from Buffet: Isn’t “daresay” one word instead of two (dare say)? I daresay that “I dare say” might be not the right choice, or am I wrong here?

  • BrandenRose

    It was a little difficult for me to read, but I am nitpicky and find errors in books and spelling and such. The “55 percent” who can read it without difficulty, is there any difference between men and women, left and right handed people, age, etc?

  • hanna

    my mom could read this paragragh but my brother didnt even bother to and my dad he could barley read this paragragh so i guess me and my mom both have strange minds **********Princess**********

  • hanna

    me too im ten

  • hanna

    wow i dident even know that the words were scrambled i mean it was way easy to read it hanna


    My 10 year old read this with no problem without slowing down.

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  • fadya

    the human mind reads pictures,and signs,if some one started to read a word letter by letter it may be difficult for him to understand that message,but the fact is that the mind takes the whole picture of that word then it compairs that picture to some other pictures of words in what I call our linguistic memory,and if it matched,you can easly read it.

  • Monkey

    This phenomenon well explains why Chinese characters and other similar language is so beautiful. Each character is a picture that depicts how our ancestors lived and by these characters culture is inherited from generations to generations and so it is with way of thinking, philosophy.

  • Le Yen

    Oh, that’s so amazing! They said that only 55 people out of 100 can read that way. But I think this number should be higher. Because when you chat with your friends in the internet, sometimes you will have a false spelling, but they still get it. I’ve tried (long sentences) wiht my friends, they can get it.
    Hihi, I’m studying English, and I have some problems with the articles, vocabulary, grammar… I hope that you can understand my mistake.

  • vasanth

    I think human mind is get used to common ENGLISH words that we use everyday (in school, office and home) . So it’s easily pick-up them base on past memory and translate it correctly. Can mind read any other languages which we never use before?

  • Meryl Evans

    Yes, that one has floated around for a long time. And so has the Finished Files…

    Amazing what the human mind can do.

  • Maeve

    Thanks for the link. I’d like to emphasize a sentence from that article:

    This and many other studies have made it clear that we don’t recognize words by whole shapes, but use letter information to recognize words.

    A lot of nonsense is written about English spelling. The fact remains that writing is a sound code. Instead of fixating on the “exceptions,” educators would do well to give beginning readers a solid grounding in the reliable letter/sound correspondences before introducing the exceptions.

  • Eva G.

    I wonder if the “55 out of 100” number gives us a glimpse into the state of illiteracy. For people who know how to read, especially those that read well, this is very easy to identify the what words are made up by those letters, but it’s not easy for those who have no word comprehension whatsoever.

  • Ahmad

    A good experience,
    The first time I saw the title”Cna yuo raed tihs?” , I found out that I’ve just read some thing unusuall but intresting that I understood it .
    Then it made me more eager to read the whole message .
    I’ve got that the writer of that message had not a specified rule to change the word misordered .
    Any way It was kind of nice , intresting and good experience .

  • AKZ

    yea i think anyone who can read english can read that. wonder if it is the same with other languages..

  • Tony

    Actually, the order of the letters does matter. I can’t repost the original article, nor could I find a link to it such that everyone could get to it. However, this blog describes the results fairly well:

  • Bob Clay

    Some years ago I used to do a little voluntary teaching for adults with reading difficulties. The fact is people ‘scan’ rather than read since the mind seems to move much faster than the eye. The actual reading speed is much higher than you might think. This is particularly noticeable if you make people read out loud, which brings their reading speed down to ‘eye speed’ rather than ‘scan speed’.

    So your mind automatically re-arranges the letters providing it has some good reference points (first/last letters plus meaning).

    This sort of thing starts to lead you into the weird and wonderful world of codes.

  • Denis

    This is the technique some spammers use to pass not-very-sophisticated spam filters.

    They deliberately misspell the words that, if spelled correctly, would trigger spam filters. Sometimes they replace characters with similar looking ones (e.g. o/0, l/I/1, ), and sometimes I see words scrambled like in this post.

    I’m sure if you take a look into your SPAM folder (in case you have one), you’ll be able to spot quite a few “scrambled” words in message subjects.

  • MostMoon

    It’s aainmzg taht I, as a non-ntivae sepeakr, can raed the avboe slmrecabd lterets wuitoht any dulfitcfiy. Mybae it’s the msot iienttrsneg erpcneiexe taht I hvae eevr had.

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