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  1. Bouma

    In typography, a bouma ( BOH-mə) is the shape of a cluster of letters, often a whole word. It is a reduction of "Bouma-shape", which was probably first used in Paul Saenger's 1997 book Space between Words: The Origins of Silent Reading, although Saenger himself attributes it to Insup & Maurice Martin Taylor. Its origin is in reference to hypotheses by prominent vision researcher Herman Bouma, who studied the shapes and confusability of letters and letter strings.Some typographers believe that, when reading, people can recognize words by deciphering boumas, not just individual letters, or that the shape of the word is related to readability and/or legibility. The claim is that this is a natural strategy for increasing reading efficiency. However, considerable study and experimentation by cognitive psychologists led to their general acceptance of a different, and largely contradictory, theory by the end of the 1980s: parallel letterwise recognition. In recent years (starting from 2000) parallel letterwise recognition has been more evangelized to typographers by Microsoft's Dr Kevin Larson, via conference presentations and a widely read article. Nonetheless, ongoing research (starting from 2009) often supports the bouma model of reading.

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  1. BOUMA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bouma is ranked #18734 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bouma surname appeared 1,465 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bouma.

    94.5% or 1,385 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 30 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 12 total occurrences were Black.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bouma in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bouma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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