Re: Most annoying word

Subject: Re: Most annoying word
From: Martha J Davidson <editrix -at- nemasys -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 12:37:23 -0800

At 09:57 AM 2/28/2006, arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

And, actually, Dr. Suzette Hayden Elgin has a very good explanation for why people say "you see what I'm saying" or "do you hear me" and so forth.

And some people--I'm one of them--actually do "see" the words spelled out when people talk. It's like there's a marquee inside my head, on the inner surface of my forehead, on which the words are projected when I hear words spoken. Including punctuation.

I didn't realize it was an unusual thing until I was in college. I was studying Hebrew, and I mentioned to a friend that I was getting confused trying to figure out whether to see the Hebrew words in transliteration, from left to right, or in Hebrew letters from right to left. After that, I got quite a few blank stares when I asked people whether they saw the words spelled out in front of them when they heard other people talking. The strangest thing is meeting someone and later finding out that they spell their name differently than I pictured it.


Martha Jane {Kolman | Davidson}
Dances With Words
editrix -at- nemasys -dot- com

"Too many words bring about exhaustion."
--Tao Te Ching, Chapter 5 (translated by Sheets/Tovey)


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