Which Word Do You See First?

What Word Do You See?

Here’s something I found interesting. I don’t know if you have seen the graphic to the right that was doing the rounds on Facebook recently.

My wife brought it to my attention. What you have to do is make a mental note of the first word you see. It is said that at least 70% of people will see the same word first and 90% will see one of just three of the words.

Well, I thought it would be a bit of fun to conduct a little survey here too. So don’t over think it. Just let me know in the comments below which word you saw first and we’ll see if those numbers are accurate.

Make sure you choose your word before reading further!

The word that jumped out at me was family. Then after a few seconds, the word knowledge also leapt out. Then I saw the word love.

After that I saw a word that was not there … spam! (lol) I must have it on the brain.

A more intense examination revealed courage, tip and kids and a few abbreviations CC, ID, BO, CO, DR, FC, EP and ET.

Scanning the diagonals, I also found: a, is, ax, he, ye, we and an.

Of course, some words are a subset of others e.g. ledge, edge, know, now, no, rage, lo, am – I suppose they would count too. The word I was the word that I spotted last. There may be other words there but I have given up now.

Did I miss anything?

22 thoughts on “Which Word Do You See First?

  1. Chad Starr

    1. Family
    2. Knowledge
    3. Courage

  2. betsy casey

    The first word I saw was WHICH.

  3. Brian

    In order:




    Seems apopropriate at present in that order!!

  4. Mary Ramsay

    1st – love
    2nd – family
    3ed – knowledge

    This was only because they appeared in that sequence.

  5. Christopher Southcombe

    Knowledge, and then courage jumped out – then family
    Kids, love, tip, cog … stopped looking

  6. John Vidler

    Love, then Family, Knowledge & Courage

  7. Sherry Jenkins

    My first word was love then courage

  8. Rose



    It is said that what you see is what you want and where your focus is. I’d say that’s pretty interesting and right on the money in my case. Knowledge and Courage being two things I’m working on these days – Love and family always come first with me – and they help me with my struggles for knowledge and courage. Funny how that works, huh?

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