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Typoglycemia:  The condition of being able to read text when the order of the letters in the words are jumbled except for the first and the last letters.

The phenomenon of typoglycemia has been widely circulated in emails which contain the following text:
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg: the phaonmneel pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rseearch taem 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. Such a cdonition is arppoiatrely cllaed Typoglycemia :)- Mbaye taht's why FCUK T-srihts are so cmoomn? Amzanig huh? Yaeh and you awlyas thguoht slpeling was ipmorantt.

This is, of course, an urban myth. Or perhaps more accurately a cyberspace myth. It has been called a meme but if it were a meme then it would be a meme-myth rather than a meme. Words that get into common usage become part of the language. Typoglycemia is certainly used a lot but (in 2008) it does not appear in any of the main conventional dictionaries. It does get a mention in Wikipedia and one in the Urban Dictionary. A search on Google returns over 6,000 results for typoglycemia. (Google, incidentally, does appear in conventional dictionaries and gets about two and a half billion entries in Google itself!.)

 You can now get your own typoglycemic software convertor FREE! 

It is widely claimed that this phenomenon was first discovered at Cambridge University by Graham Rawlinson and it came to light when he submitted a paper to the New Scientist in 1976 as a result of his PhD thesis.  There seems to be some muddle about the references and the facts.  It seems that Graham did write a thesis entitled "The significance of letter position in word recognition." when he was studying for his PhD in the Psychology Department of the University of Nottingham.  And he did write a letter to the New Scientist in a response to an article entitled "Cognitive restoration of reversed speech." published in Nature in April 1999 which was researched and written by K Saberi & D R Perrott.  Rawlinson attended the University of Nottingham and Saberi & Perrott are based in the USA.  They all have little or no connection with Cambridge University in the UK or Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts.  However, Matt Davis, who works at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University has produced more information about the subject of Typoglycemia.

There are web sites where you can translate bits of text online but now there is finally a Windows application to do the job. And better still it is absolutely FREE!

You can create fun emails, amazing entries for your blog, or you could even translate your homework and see if your teacher has typoglycemia. You can download this software here.

Here are some screen shots of the software...

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This software is Freeware and you can download it and use it and copy it and pass it on as often as you like. The only restriction is that you cannot alter it but then who would?

It might be described as adware except that adware typically accesses the internet and serves up paid adverts and does other unscrupulous things and this software certainly doesn't do that. What it does do to justify it's existence is to have a little panel at the top which randomly displays one of three web sites. You are entirely free to look at these web sites or to ignore them forever. The software is simply a bit of fun and is developed by a friendly company for two friendly and interesting websites. The three websites advertised are: 1. This one (we are delighted to say :o), 2. Zyra's web site which is an interesting and eccentric vast collection of stuff, and 3. Sente Limited who developed the software for us and they write bespoke software for anybody and they have the neatest simple address labelling software around (ideal for mailing lists and Christmas cards as well as party place names, club badges and labeling your herbs and spices!).

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