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In which I am blah


Does anyone else find it hard to believe that any adult person could look at something which has two small words written on it - in LARGE, BLACK, BLOCK LETTERS - and not immediately comprehend the words? I get an "I didn't read it" from a woman and all I can do is blink and think, "Well, I didn't 'read' it, either... I just comprehended it."

I need to stop eating, but the blahs make everything appetizing. Sigh.

I have a few things I should do, but I'm not doing them. I'm trying to make another animated icon but I'm not capturing enough pics, I think. I can't remember the other thing I wanted to do. I should also scan the rest of my Vegas pictures, but I'm not doing that, either.



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Aug. 15th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)

Ready when you are if you're still up for betaing, let me know?
Aug. 15th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
You betcha. I sent you an email.

Aug. 15th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
No, I don't find it hard to believe. There are many levels of functional illiteracy. Remember the conversation we had way back where Margaret quoted one of Dorothy Sayers' non-fiction works where it gave a definition of "formally literate." They seem to be able to read and write just fine, but they can't follow complex or compound (never mind complex-compound) sentences in writing, and always misconstrue things?

She talks about some neurological studies and one of the aspects of the formally literate is that they don't seem to have the holographic method of reading in their head at all. In other words, you and I look at a single word and we recognize the whole word in a flash, without having to consciously look at each letter in sequence and construct the word. We recognize the shape of that collection of letters as a word and, as you say, comprehend it.

They don't. And they make up a shockingly large fraction of the population.
Aug. 15th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
I suppose I realize it in theory, but I always am totally boggled by people who seem to lack simple reading comprehension when they seem to be "totally normal" in all other ways (i.e., I can converse with them above a high school level).

I don't even remember learning how to read - I just could.
Aug. 16th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
They don't. And they make up a shockingly large fraction of the population.

I didn't know that. Now I am very afraid. =8-0
Aug. 16th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
I can't believe I'm the only one who wants to know what the two words were! No smoking? Exit only? No parking?

PS - Don't be blah.
Aug. 16th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)

It's a phrase used frequently, every day, in our work, and it has significant meaning. Seeing a large file with those words on it usually means (as it did in my case), "yay, easy production numbers!"

It's that time of the month. I'm achy all over. Hopefully when it's gone so will the blahs!
Aug. 16th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Of course I believe it. I've known people to miss seeing "OUT OF ORDER" in giant block letters, and that only has one more word.
Aug. 16th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
That is true. But this box sat on the work table all day... I don't know, just seems odd to me.

But then, some people are very odd to me... :)
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