I Need A Five Year-Old Please!

You’ve seen the following sort of “brain teaser” I presume?

The phaonmneel pweor of the hmuan mnid: I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearcr at Cmagbride Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers of 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?

The first time I read one of these, in my mid 20s (no apostrophe), the mid 1980s (no apostrophe), I was bereft. English, my beloved Mother tongue, had been thrown into a blender, given a full five minutes on chop, and still made sense. I, however, had been reading since the age of two, and was the proverbial sponge when it came to English language. My question is this: would a five year-old child be able to read this? (Seven or ten year-old? Twelve, fifteen?)

Just wondering.


Image: Clean Slate with 409 by Laura Lein-Svencner


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