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George Papavgeris
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Whaaaaaat?
« : 09.09.04 at 22:41 »
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I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg.    
 
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 thought slpeling was ipmorantt!

 
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« Reply #1: 09.09.04 at 23:54 »
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Try running that through your spill chucker
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« Reply #2: 10.09.04 at 19:23 »
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There is some discussion as to the validity (or otherwise) of this 'research', on the following page: http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/personal/matt.davis/Cmabrigde/
 
Some interesting counterarguments made about half way down.  One of the best examples of how this doesn't always work is the sentence:
 
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A dootcr has aimttded the magltheuansr of a tageene ceacnr pintaet who deid aetfr a hatospil durg blendur

 
Snopes (a generally good resource for debunking urban myths, although not infallible themselves) also has a few comments on the original source, which doesn't appear to have been Cambridge University.
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« Reply #3: 11.09.04 at 20:12 »
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Don't know about the soundness of any theory but doen't this simply demonstrate the idea of redundancy (sticking more stuff in than is strictly necessary)?  My dictionary tells me it's an engineering term although I first met it studying information systems.
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« Reply #4: 13.09.04 at 15:31 »
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on 11.09.04 at 20:12, Glenn wrote:
My dictionary tells me it's an engineering term although I first met it [redundancy] studying information systems.

 
Which may explain why some information systems practitioners style themselves "information engineers"; something I would never dare do since my father (mechanical engineer in the aviation and later automotive industries) was quite vexed by the very concept.
 
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« Reply #5: 13.09.04 at 15:54 »
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Theo wrote:
 
<<Which may explain why some information systems practitioners style themselves "information engineers"; something I would never dare do since my father (mechanical engineer in the aviation and later automotive industries) was quite vexed by the very concept. >>
 
I occasionally come across people calling themselves Financial Engineers as well as Genetic Engineers: perhaps Pete's a Musical Engineer?
 
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« Reply #6: 13.09.04 at 21:49 »
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Would that make me a cogitation engineer, a publication engineer, a dormition engineer or some combination of the above?
 
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« Reply #7: 20.09.04 at 22:15 »
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Naah... Pete would be a Honky Tonk Night Train Engineer.
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