I got the following off the Net, but without an attribution. If you know it, could you email it to me for inclusion? Thanks. [Matt Davies has a very interesting page about this quote.]
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.
I can't spell. Spell checkers help warn when a word doesn't actually exist, but are not much help for those troublesome pairs of similar words. I use some mnemonics to remember these (taught to me by parents and various teachers)
Licence/license, practice/practise -- one's the noun, one's the verb, but which is which? Well, it's the same pattern for "advice (noun) /advise (verb)", and at least they're pronounced differently. And indeed:
-- Oxford English Dictionry, 2nd Edition
All those "c"s and "s"'s -- how many, and where do they go? Not so necessary now we have spell checkers, but this ludicrous sentence is now so ingrained, it runs through my head whenever I write the word:
"No Elephant Can Eat Strawberry Sandwiches"
The chief gal is the principal / she makes rules called principles
"e for envelope"