September 25, 2003


Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen't mttaer, the olny thnig thta's iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat Ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy.

The trouble is, it isn't always that easy. The longer a word is, the more difficult it is to unscramble. But that isn't the only factor, as these guys prove.

20041019 Update: The phenomenon seems to have originated in a 1976 PhD thesis. More details here.