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This evening, this great article popped up in my Google Alerts. The writer, Larry Stanford, is also dyslexic, and he thought he’d share some of his mix ups.

It’s always something of a relief to see that others have that same sort of problem. Although I know it’s a common symptom of dyslexia, the concentration usually seems to be on digit reversal when the topic comes up.

Earlier today, for instance, I was watching the news with my husband, when the headline “Stopping

Asian carp are lovely, but the name
is way too close to a far less lovely
bodily excretion.
Toyohara Chikanobu
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Wikimedia Commons

Asian Carp” popped up on the screen. For the life of me, I couldn’t stop seeing “Stopping” as “Shopping”.

To make matters worse, the word “carp” and I have a strange relationship. Without fail, every time I see it, the “a” and “r” switch places, and the resulting word isn’t family friendly. However, the fish  crappie, has it in the name.

So, I’m sitting on the couch, staring at the screen and wondering why anyone would do a story on shopping for Asian…well, you get the idea.

The newscaster finally got to the story, and it all made sense.

Another common problem dyslexics have is in word recall, which also reared its head this weekend.

I was taking a walk with my parents, hubby, sister, my sister’s boyfriend and his parents in a part of town with great old homes. We passed one by with this quirky hose-reel mounted in front.

No matter how hard I tried, I could not think of the word “garden-hose”. Instead, I ended up pointing at it and saying, “What a neat…rope…holder…thing.”

Mildly embarrassing. Hubby corrected me without any fan fair, thankfully.

Finally, I was trying to use the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but naturally, I repeatedly typed “if it ain’t fixed, don’t break it” instead. I suppose the second version still works in some world, but it wasn’t what I was trying to get across in the first place.

Ah well. Living with dyslexia can be tough, but it does come with its fair share of entertainment.


Confusing Words – Dyslexia Style — 2 Comments

  1. Entertainment indeed. Playing pictionary with my dyslexic 20 year old is always amusing. The card said "birthday suit". He began drawing a birthday cake with naked woman doing all sorts of "interesting" things. No way that I could work out what he was drawing but when someone else got the answer right, he looked shocked. "oh", he said. "I thought it was birthday sl*t". Not sure what kinds of parties he has been to…

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