(1) Effects of disﬂuency :
People generally assume that the easier it is to learn something, the easier it will be to remember the information later. Not so!
Education research has shown that in many cases, it’s the struggle that makes information stick.
A study shows that fonts, or styles of typeface, that are relatively difficult to read help people learn new information – it forces students to work harder to process the information.
The researchers titled their paper, “Fortune favors the bold (and the italicized) :
Effects of disfluency on educational outcomes.” Diemand-Yauman was the lead author.
(2) Typoglycemia :
I find the cognitive ability to read a sentence made of scrambled words amazing. You can read it. It makes sense. See for yourself :
I cdn’uolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg: the phaonmneel pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rseearch taem 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. Such a cdonition is arppoiatrely cllaed Typoglycemia
Yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt !
(3) Fun with puns :
My favorite is the one about the Buddhist
Here are the winners of the 2009 International Pun Contest
(4) Fun with homonyms : Homonyms are words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning.
(i) I keep a ______ of my girlfriend in my wallet.
(a) pitcher (b) picture
(ii) The ship’s anchor is ______ when it’s hoisted back up on the ship.
(a) aweigh (b) away
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(5) Inflationary Language by Victor Borge:
Watch this video before you do anything else! …. becomes : Watch it befive you do anything else!
Victor Borge inflated the words by adding one to each number, hidden or not : “wonderful” become inflated “twoderful”
Inflate your words at The Victor Borge Website Inflater
List all words that contain
zero = 8, one = 1609, two = 93, too = 191, three = 13, tree = 74, four = 27, for = 1320,
fore = 376, five = 6, six = 24, seven = 15, eight = 103, ate = 4000, nine = 134, ten = 1565
(6) Words that remain a valid word as each of its letters is successively removed.
stringier, cleansers, splatters, drownings, wrappings, starvings, trappings, splittings, splitting, discusses, replanted, restarted, scrappings and strapping
(7) Palindromes :
A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction.
Some examples of common palindromic words: civic, radar, level, rotor, kayak, reviver, racecar, and redder.
Palindromes often consist of a phrase or sentence : “Was it a rat I saw?”, “Step on no pets”, “Able was I ere I saw Elba”, or the exclamation “Dammit, I’m mad!”.
Do geese see God?
Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?
Murder for a jar of red rum.
Some men interpret nine memos.
Never odd or even.
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(8) Puzzles in English :
Which word in the English language is most often pronounced incorrectly?
What occurs twice in a lifetime, but once in every year. Twice in a week but never in a day?
Which word, if pronounced right, is wrong, but if pronounced wrong is right?
What word is pronounced differently when the first letter is capitalized?