Speed Of Manual Spelling

In reply to a question "What is the number of words a good hand speaker

can make or say in one minute?" A deaf mute says, "Take the average

number of letters per word of the English language as five; this is the

number decided upon by the Postal Telegraph department. The average of

the Bible is about 4-1/8."

A good hand speaker can go through the alphabet ten times in one minute.

I have proved this by personally testing several deaf mutes.

The pauses between words occupy the space of one letter each, so we must

deduct one sixth of the whole thus:--

Letters in alphabet 26

Number of times spelt 10

Total letters per minute 260

Deduct about one sixth for pauses 45

Average letters per minute 215/5


Result 43 words per minute.

Sir Walter Scott On The Deaf & Dumb The Age Of Deaf Mutes facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail