My work doesn't think it's funny.. ok, they were humorless to begin with. Guess I'll have to wait until I get home..
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From Madsci.org in answer to why people don't recognize all of the F's. Interesting that native english speakers are the more likely not to see them all.
"The answer to your question, which is a very good question, is in the area of
phonetic language recognition.
The fact is that all "written" language is actually processed in the auditory
processing centers of the brain, not the visual centers. One learns
the "letters of the alphabet" by looking at the letters, but "listening"
with "inner language" to the sounds that those letter codes represent. When a
fluent reader is reading alphabetic characters, the reader is actually
listening to the sounds of the letters, through the auditory centers in their
Therefore, the pronunciation of the letters and word combinations, that you
learned as a native English speaker, are the sounds you "hear" in your brain
while you are reading.
The fact is that, in North American English, the word "of" is usually
pronounced as "uh-v," not as "uh-f." Therefore, as you are reading, you
don't "detect" the "f" sound in the word "of," which is why you and your
friends aren't perceiving the "f" in the three "of" words in your sentence.
People who speak other languages usually pronounce the "f" as an "f sound" in
their own languages, and therefore they would "hear" the "f sound" in their
mind when reading English with their "inner brain accent" from their own first
language. That's why they detect all of the "f" SOUNDS in your sentence, if
their brain is telling them to read "of" as "uh-f" and not as "uh-v." "