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For those who hate typos...;)

O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.

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 tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

My point of this is if you can understand the message, then don't get so upset because people make a mistake in typing sometimes. It's not the end of the world.

Fri. Jan 19, 11:08am

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very cool! i could read the whole thing. nice example.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 11:22 AM

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all i've got to say is the OP is brave for opening up this can of worms again. i read the posting in another thread on the same topic a couple weeks ago, i think. it is very interesting how little accuracy is needed. but is it still so easy when all of the correct letters are not present in each word? very curious. i will have to test that out.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 11:34 AM

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Brave or not...

I thought I'd give everyone something to think about. Thanks for previous comments and thanks in advance for new ones. Have a wonderful day everyone.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 1:17 PM

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a similar note about the human mind

You can't recognize the shapes as easily when they are all capitals, either.


Friday, January 19, 2007, 2:08 PM

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What is needed....

What is needed is a TEAM!!!

Love Logging and Hate Typos? This is the Team For You!!!!

Some Ideas for the team name:

"Strunk and White's Bitches"
"Webster's Warriors"
etc etc.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 2:19 PM

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Try this exercise:

Take a page with normal typed words on it. Take another page, and hold it over the bottom half of ONE LINE. In other words, the bottom half of the letters is covered, but you can still see the top half.

Then go to a different line, and cover the top half of the letters, with the bottom half exposed.

Result: When you read, your eyes recognize the top half of words more easily, and kinda ignore the bottom half. In direct marketing, they've also proved that black and red are more readable than other colors. And than serif fonts are much more readable than sans serif.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 2:50 PM

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"Strunk and White's Bitches" - hilarious!!

And I think I speak for a LOT (not "alot," by the way) of people when I say that it is not the typos that bother us. It is the lack of knowledge of the English language. And I'm not even talking about the Queen's English. I mean basic sentence structure, basic spelling (again, we can tell the difference when it's just a typo), and basic vocabulary. And I'm sorry that some of you had to leave school to help Ma and Pa on the farm, but c'mon!

Friday, January 19, 2007, 3:41 PM

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You can (and should) use your powers of evaluating writing skills and judging others in the workplace .... but all we need to accomplish here is communication!

I wish that you had written your last sentence above in a language I don't understand because it is downright condescending!

Friday, January 19, 2007, 3:52 PM

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sounds like the above poster missed some school, too-when they taught about manners and compassion. if you are so upset about the lack of knowledge of the english language, why not put that anger into good use and protest at your school? seriously, download the comments where lots of errors occur and present them as evidence that not enough people use the language properly. or, since you probably don't come from a farming community where, in fact, many kids do have to drop out, why not show the schools in these areas the importance you place on learning grammar and sentence structure. i don't think you can really effectively change anyone's abilities on this site just by complaining and/or pointing out errors, but you could make a difference in the real world.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 3:59 PM

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Get A Life

and stop being so petty. It shows a lack of class that far exceeds any implications one might make based on poor spelling and/or grammar.

" If you don't have something nice to say don't say anything" is an old saying that is still with us for a good reason! In other words, it still has merit.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 4:47 PM

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I could read both at a reasonable rate, but the all caps was easier for me.

I read very, very fast, can read equally fast upside down, and have been reading since I was two...maybe it's just years of practice. :^ )

Friday, January 19, 2007, 8:48 PM

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As a calligrapher, I can attest to the fact that the top half of the body line is the critical part. In calligraphy, when you are doing something formal that requires straight lines of lettering, you write "up against" the line rather than "on" the line. That is, your focus is on the top of each letter body and the line it touches, rather than the bottom of each letter body and the line on which it sits.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 8:50 PM

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I'm the 3:41 poster

I wasn't going to say anything, but since this is all anonymous, I thought I might as well.
I'm sorry. I really feel bad. I don't know what came over me. I'm not a mean person. I think I'm just having a bad day and felt like saying something mean because I knew I could "get away with it." I would never say something like that to someone's face. So, I really am sorry for being such a jerk. I sincerely apologize.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 8:55 PM

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We are not all Americans on this site FYI!

Hindi is my first language.

Friday, January 19, 2007, 10:07 PM

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holy shit - I cant belive this whole thing!@ aren't we heare to support each other in aour fforts to get healthy and whole? I don't care if you know who I am... as I welcome everyone to this site.... and here is a sentence that goes on and on and on.... so that we can be peer trainers for each other.


Friday, January 19, 2007, 10:16 PM

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3.41, don't feel too bad. We all have days when our mean streak comes out. Thanks for apologizing.

Saturday, January 20, 2007, 10:46 AM

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Yes, thanks for apologizing. That was really not so mean! If that is your meannest , you must be very nice!

Saturday, January 20, 2007, 3:06 PM

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re: the 341 comment...

it was mean and derogatory and meant to insult those who had a different, tougher childhood than the poster. it was nice to see an apology, but only since this is all anonymous? give me a break. purely for the poster to feel better and not to make anyone who may have been offended feel any better. the apology is all about the poster and not about the kids who may have had to drop out of school to help ma and pa. it says nothing about appropriate tolerance and understanding.

Monday, January 22, 2007, 8:54 AM

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Few people are mature enough to apologize like that, even when anonymous. The posting clearly expressed exactly what was wrong with the original insult, and showed that the poster had obviously given it some actual thought. Hats off.

Tolerance is among the most misused words in the American vernacular. It seems to be most often invoked by someone in the middle of a judgement of someone else, who in the midst of their intolerance demands tolerance from others. For those who practice tolerance, the word itself is nearly useless. To claim tolerance and at the same time tell others exactly when and how they are being intolerant is a very, very narrow wire to walk.

As for the English language--as long as I can understand someone, in a casual forum like this, I consider any annoyance or irritation I feel (and I do sometimes feel it) to be my own. I don't lay it at the feet of those who don't use capitals, or who mispell, or who punctuate in some non-standard way. They drive me crazy sometimes, but not because they're idiots. It's because I'm old and crotchety and sometimes a bit intolerant...

Monday, January 22, 2007, 11:08 AM

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so it's ok that someone wrote access skin instead of excess skin? If that were you, would you want to know?

Monday, January 22, 2007, 11:15 AM

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funny! i though maybe access skin was referring to the nether regions until i read other comments. i was just feeling confused. "excess" make so much more sense! what a riot! instead of criticizing each other, we could help each other communicate with more people by helpfully correcting the misspelling or misused word, as has been previously suggested.

Monday, January 22, 2007, 11:29 AM

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:-0 --- ...because I read the thread and saw "excess" even though it said "access" I wasn't confused at all. now that thread has moved on to discussing Kate's (possible) boob job ...

it is really tough to be truly tolerant ... difficult, but not impossible, to practice tolerance ... I think the 3:41 poster was being dismissive, not mean ... just spekaing asif having to stay home from school to work the farm is something that exists only in the past .. not in her (or his) world, so not real. The poster realized her mistake and apologized. Maybe we should have an ongoing thread of "spelling and grammatical errors I caught" where posters could file the necessary corrections and get their frustration off their chest without disrupting a conversation ....

Monday, January 22, 2007, 2:37 PM

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