Homophones and Mixed up letters

Last Up date: 2005 August 11
Recent changes: Updated 2004 May 24 version for www.zyvra.org

I have been experimenting with Homophones. (Words that have different spellings and different meanings but sound the same when spoken.) Examples are: "no know" or "all" and "awl".

Sometime ago I received the following in an email:
How wreid is tihs? Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it dseo'nt mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig!

So, recently I wrote two programs: One that would substitute homophones from a rather long list, and a second one that would simply "mix up" the inter letters of words that are four or more characters long.

I needed some text to try these programs on. I just received form California Senator Barbara Boxer an email about the West Nile Virus. Below is her note, except it has gone through my two programs!

The following is the email but with Homophones substituted.

Eye thought ewe wood bee interested inn the following message.


Deer Friend:

Many of us halve watched as West Nile Virus has spread across the nation, carried buy infected mosquitos. This season, sines of West Nile Virus halve bin found inn several California counties early inn the year, suggesting that this could bee an especially bad year four this disease. Eye halve a special feature on my website two give Californians important information about the disease, and steppes two take two avoid exposure. Ewe can fined this feature at http://boxer.senate.gov/wnile.cfm .

Though most people halve know visible symptoms from West Nile Virus, it can caws serious illness and even death inn the elderly o'er those with compromised immune systems. It can also bee carried buy and caws death inn birds and other mammals. Prevention is essential if wee are two fight the spread of West Nile. Eye hope ewe will visit my web feature two learn moor about watt ewe can dew two protect yourself and you're community.

Eye encourage ewe two contact me if ewe halve questions about this o'er any other federal madder. Ewe can reach me at http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm .


Barbara Boxer United States Senator


Four moor information on Senator Boxer's record and other information, pleas go two: http://boxer.senate.gov .

If ewe wood like two make a comment regarding this o'er any other federal madder, pleas feel free two dew sew at: http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm .

If this message reached ewe inn heir, o'er if ewe wood like two cancel you're subscription, pleas reply two this message with unsubscribe inn the subject line.

Here is the "Mixed" version.

I toghhut you wulod be ietreenstd in the foniolwlg mgssaee.


Daer Fnired:

Mnay of us have waetchd as Wset Nile Vruis has searpd acosrs the nitoan, caeirrd by ieefnctd mqiouosts. This saseon, sings of West Nlie Vrius hvae been fnoud in sevearl Cnarifiloa cenuotis erlay in the yaer, suntggiseg taht tihs cloud be an ecillsaepy bad year for tihs deasise. I have a siacepl ftauree on my wbsiete to gvie Clifnonarias iopmnartt infotrmiaon aoubt the diesase, and sptes to take to aoivd euxrospe. You can fnid this fretaue at http://beoxr.stneae.gov/wnile.cfm .

Tgouhh msot pleope hvae no vliibse stmomyps from Wset Nlie Vruis, it can cause souires ielsnls and even dteah in the eeldrly or thsoe with ceoimmropsd iunmme symtess. It can aslo be ceriard by and cusae dtaeh in bidrs and oethr mmmalas. Piroevetnn is etsaenisl if we are to fhigt the spared of West Nlie. I hpoe you will viist my web futeare to laren more aoubt what you can do to ptcoret yleousrf and yuor cmuotnmiy.

I eruogncae you to ccnotat me if you have qunteioss aoubt this or any oethr feerdal mettar. You can raceh me at http://boexr.satnee.gov/ccotant/wbroefm.cfm .


Brabraa Boexr Ueintd Setats Setoanr


For more inoomartfin on Soanter Bxeor's roercd and otehr ioionframtn, pelase go to: http://boxer.sneate.gov .

If you wloud like to mkae a cmmenot rdngriaeg this or any otehr fearedl mtetar, pslaee feel fere to do so at: http://beoxr.satnee.gov/cocnatt/wrefbom.cfm .

If tihs mssgaee rhecaed you in error, or if you wolud like to cnecal yuor siutpibocsrn, pselae reply to tihs masgsee with unbbsrisuce in the scuejbt lnie.

As a thought: You might want to cut and paste either of these into separate files and see if your friends can read them.

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