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.
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.
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