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Not that one again…

There were quite a few sighting last week of that Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at… report. But I kept seeing “research at Edinburgh university”. Then earlier today it had changed to Cambridge university. Hmmm. Why?

A little bit of digging (and many offers of help to correct my spelling from search engines, thank you) later and I came across this article by Matt Davis (Cognitive and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge) plus this discussion board.

Interestingly, the Dutch, Spanish and Danish versions refer to an English university (so that rules out Edinburgh then)

Vlgones een oznrdeeok op een Eglnese uvinretsiet mkaat het neit uit in wlkee vloogdre de ltteers in een wrood saatn, het einge wat blegnaijrk is is dat de eretse en de ltaatse ltteer op de jiutse patals saatn. De rset van de ltteers mgoen wllikueirg gpletaast wdoren en je knut vrelvogens gwoeon lzeen wat er saatt. Dit kmot odmat we neit ekle ltteer op zcih lzeen maar het wrood als gheeel.

But the French, German and Czech versions cite Cambridge.

Sleon une édtue de l’Uvinertisé de Cmabrigde, l’odrre des ltteers dnas un mtos n’a pas d’ipmrotncae, la suele coshe ipmrotnate est que la pmeirère et la drenèire soit à la bnnoe pclae. Le rsete peut êrte dnas un dsérorde ttoal et vuos puoevz tujoruos lrie snas porlblème. C’est prace que le creaveu hmauin ne lit pas chuaqe ltetre elle-mmêe, mias le mot cmome un tuot.

There’s a lot more on Matt Davis’ page, including a Visual Basic program for generating jumbled texts and a link to the Snopes page summing it all up.

And nwo ’tis tiem fro bde.

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