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Perhaps you’ve received a widely circulated email that begins with this nonsensical sentence:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The boggling thing about the sentence is that even though the words are scrambled, you can read it. It makes sense. Do you have an above average IQ? Or do you possess some rare cognitive ability? 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but most English speakers can comprehend this sentence made of scrambled words. The neologism used to describe the ability to do so is typoglycemia. While the term is not yet in our dictionary sources, we find it fascinating enough to mention regardless. 

Typoglycemia refers the ability to understand the meaning of words in a sentence as long as the exterior letters of each word are correct and all the letters of the word are present. 

Typoglycemia neither refers to a medical condition, nor is it used by the medical community. It appears to be a portmanteau of “typo” and “glycemia,” (the presence of glucose in blood.)

There is no real connection between hypoglycemia and the phenomena of being able to read scrambled words. Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. It literally means “under-sweet blood.” The name is a pun.

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Daily News (Los Angeles, CA) June 20, 1998 Byline: – Carol Bidwell Uncle Matty’s proud – very proud.

Matthew Margolis has not only trained more than 30,000 dogs in his 30-year career – including pooches belonging to Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Madonna, Cher and Whoopi Goldberg – the Los Angeles “dog trainer to the stars” has a new television series beginning this weekend.

“Woof! It’s a Dog’s Life With Matthew Margolis” premieres at 3 p.m. today (a preview aired June 13) on KCET (Channel 28). The 13-part series runs in half-hour episodes on consecutive Saturdays, covering everything about dogs, including choosing a puppy, leash breaking, learning about breed personalities, housebreaking, evaluating acupuncture for dogs, handling aggressive dogs, baking homemade dog treats and preventing fleas.

Margolis – known for his falsetto “dog-ese” praise (“Uncle Matty’s proud!”) that seems to make dogs his slavish followers in seconds – sees the TV series as a way to help dogs and their owners live together more happily. There are an estimated 60 million dogs in the United States, and most of those that end up in the pound – and are eventually destroyed – are simply dogs that have not been trained properly, he said.

“People initially want to discipline a dog rather than educate it,” said Margolis, who’s co-written 15 books on dog training and is “Good Morning America’s” resident dog expert. “Your dog loves you and will do anything for you. You just have to teach it what you want. I see a lot of dog problems and a lot of people problems. A lot of times, the dogs are fine and the people are screwed up.

“It’s very simple: Teach the owner, teach the dog, practice 15 minutes a day.” In the series, Margolis works with dogs he’s never met before and, seemingly miraculously, banishes bad habits and teaches correct canine behavior in minutes.

In one of the first shows, presidential brother Roger Clinton introduces Bear, a snarling, snapping shepherd; with proper techniques, it takes Margolis less than five minutes to calm the dog’s viciousness while maintaining its watchdog outlook.

“You don’t want to lose the spirit,” Margolis explained. “You just want to solve the problem.” The dog trainer also visits a dog obedience class in Van Nuys, working with Valley residents and their owners to teach simple commands. And he spends time with “ER” actress Ellen Crawford and “All My Children” star T.C. Warner to help solve their dogs’ problems. (Crawford’s shepherd was an escape artist who learned to sit and stay on command; Warner’s small terrier was a problem child who used her sofa for a bathroom until properly housebroken.) “The way to solve a problem is obedience training,” Margolis said. “When people get a puppy or a dog, they should go to the library and get a book or a video and learn how to train it, not just start yelling when the dog does something wrong. They seem to think that if they yell long enough and loud enough, the dog will understand. It doesn’t work that way. site homemade dog treats

“You have to learn how to teach your dog. Otherwise, it’s like trying to play the piano without knowing the keys. That’s what I try to teach people.” The big three things to learn: Command (teach a dog what you want him to do); correction (when he does it wrong, show him again); and praise (with hugs and treats and delighted exclamations).

“It’s not harsh training, it’s love training,” Margolis said. “But you have to do it. After all, this dog is going to be your soulmate for the next 10 to 15 years.” CAPTION(S):

Photo Photo: Matthew Margolis trains dogs – their owners – on his new show, “Woof! It’s a Dog’s Life,” debuting today on KCET.

115 Comments

  1. jaime -  May 16, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Guys please let me gvie yuo mroe knowledge about unscrambled words
    I know it also works with spanish, but also in more supposedly complex ways. That’s why I’m here typing because I had just read one in Spanish and Im just making a.reashearch. I saw a message on facebook that was mixed with numbers and letters and I could it read it perferctly.
    I can also read English unscrambled messages. I am really intrigued now, because I know it works easier on fluent readers.It also works with non-native speakers, but, of coruse, they need to be somewhat execellent language readers.

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  2. amethyst -  March 17, 2013 - 9:29 pm

    oh me gosh i thought that is kinda cool but uh not all that much but still i guesse its cool /:).

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  3. michellebewell -  February 4, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Todd T and others- This is just my opinion, so take it as just that, but being an energy worker and an avid student on the electromagnetic fields of the heart and brain, I would venture to say that one reason that we can understand these sentences is that we are actually comprehending it holistically- and thus intuiting the meaning without needing all of the details.

    In theory, we can each live our lives in this stream of “knowing” which is far beyond the capacity of our physical brains. This is a non-rational and a non-linear experience which tends to be dismissed in our culture today.

    I invite you to try expanding this idea and see what kind of results you get…..

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  4. Carole -  December 2, 2012 - 6:37 am

    This brain ability really makes proofreading VERY difficult because all the words look like they are correct.

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  5. KOBE -  November 12, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    LVOE TIHS SO VREY MCUH

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  6. Erick -  November 8, 2012 - 7:39 pm

    I don’t know why, but I could read these sentences when I was 6 years old. Right now, I’m 12 with an IQ of 160, with transferring binary numbers into actual letters. This format of writing is not difficult to understand once you start at it at a young age of creativity.

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  7. Amanda124 -  October 24, 2012 - 9:17 pm

    Does it get harder when you use more uncommon words or bigger words, yes but for people who think they’re all much smarter then others who may not be able to unscramble the words that they may usually be able to read the words in normal form well news flash for you, you’re not. I mean I can read it and understand it but I have a friend who can’t, so does that make him stupid and you people smarter then him? No. So for people who are like oh yeah i can read it and those who can’t are fools and not as smart, you must be stuck on yourself. -__-

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  8. Anonymous -  October 16, 2012 - 4:36 am

    I lvoe raednig setnaces lkie tihs deos aynone konw waht teh wrod for it is cllaed?

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  9. Sambangbang -  September 18, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    waoh taht is aeswmoe. i gtota try it on my tacehr in my calss at shocol. tanhks dctiioanry.com!!!

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  10. Todd T -  September 10, 2012 - 12:06 am

    What amazes me is how people so quickly claim it is a hoax and imply this phenomenon doesn’t exist. Aside from the ridiculous claims of Cambridge or the claims of unusual intellectual skills, the fact remains that people can in fact read these words as fast as they can the same words unscrambled.

    So when the question is asked how and does the brain do this and why, the answer given is always how the original chain letter was debunked and other presumably English professors start to ramble on about how base and ridiculous the american education system is.

    Unanswered is why would the human mind be able to do this and the fact that it can so easily and the majority of the population can do it, it seems possible there is an underutilized skill in the brain.

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  11. Yeaboi -  August 29, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    It’s just hilarious how people think they’re special for such a simple thing :DD

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  12. Austin -  August 10, 2012 - 4:13 pm

    I don’t know about everybody else but I was able to read all of the scrambled words that people put in their comments. Even the ones that did not follow the “rule.” Plus sometimes I am able to finish words that are being spoken before the actual speaker does. Is there a name for that? And can anybody else do it as well?

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    • Parabolst -  April 12, 2014 - 6:40 am

      And feel my phone ring 15-30 seconds before it actually rings.

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  13. WaapFu -  July 24, 2012 - 5:26 am

    That was painful to read. Somewhere in my brain, I expected the comments on this article to be spelt correctly, with all the letters in the correct order.

    I know I shouldn’t complain, but… Um… Yolo? XD

    Hearing about this always makes me feel sad. I really like language, and when people get things like this that can be used as some sort of excuse to not bother with it, I die a little inside, in a non-dramatic fashion.

    Goodnight, people.

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  14. Brains -  July 6, 2012 - 6:43 am

    Teh asteenbe mkenoy giunes reids a tginrenae otpinohtrer and ahrobs nalcontmerue.

    The absentee monkey genius rides a tangerine ornithopter and abhors nomenclature.

    Slightly difficult due to less predictability, although, none of the words were very foreign… even though ornithopter is not techinically a word according to this spell check.

    Redraes amitttnpeg to dipeechr ciatmelcpod sneeecnts ectoneunr safgiiinnct dulfitifcy.

    Readers attempting to decipher complicated sentences encounter significant difficulty. <- Not so much.

    The mind processes words as a whole, and to some degree, sentences as well. When words follow each other in a predictable way, it is much easier to decipher.

    Try this one on for size…

    Form the sdnoiptant of rittlaievy ttfionaansromrs the torehy can be fduenod on the aptioumssn taht the flied is rtrneeeepsd by a nctrmiyen-mosal tnoser, and taht the Linaaaggrn is the suraqe root of its danientmert;

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