More Than 99% of People Cannot Read…

Letters, Abc, Education, Bear, Alphabet
This bear, like most people, can’t read…

The Internet – Although such an assertion may be hard to believe, it is totally true! The vast majority of people around the world, no matter how literate they consider themselves to be, are incapable of reading…

They might spend all day on the internet, looking at a wide variety of memes and news stories and minutia regarding the lives of friends and family and acquaintances and internet connections, but the fact remains. Nearly all of them cannot read…

They could be frequent visitors to bookstores and libraries, always focusing on the sections  involving books rather than movies and other things which are not books. They could have print subscriptions to multiple periodicals and magazines, in addition to myriad online subscriptions, and still they cannot read…

They might be fluent in dozens of active languages, as well as multiple dead languages. They might be familiar with Esperanto, and Klingon, and High Elvish, and even more obscure made-up languages, but the truth is still true. The vast majority of people, no matter how diverse their linguistic capabilities, cannot read…

Anyone who is capable of reading…can look at the following passage and understand its meaning without having to consult a translator. The passage will start within ten words. Here it is:

If you can read this, that means you are fluent in Wingdings, but of course you cannot read it because nobody understands Wingdings. That is the entire point of Wingdings, is it not?

Whoops!

There seems to have been a problem. The WordPress blogging software does not allow for the simple copying-and-pasting of Wingdings from Word to the blog-writing window, so there is no Wingdings here for you to be unable to read. But rest assured, if there were Wingdings, you would be unable to read it, as more than 99% of people cannot read…

What’s missing here – what the ellipses represent – is Wingdings. Almost everybody cannot read Wingdings.

The percentage of people who cannot read what they should be expected to read is much lower, but still far too high.

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