Inexplicable Weird Feeling About Some Random Words

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by StrangerInAStrangeLand, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    I am probably 1 of the few best spellers on this planet but sometimes when I look at a word, it does not seem right to me. Sometimes I look it up & confirm it is correct. Sometimes I do not as much need to look it up yet the feeling persists. Usually they are ordinary words not related to each other.
    Anyone else experience this?

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  3. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    As another 1 of the few best spellers on this planet, that hasn't happened to me yet.
     
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  5. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    Have you heard of it?

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  7. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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  8. Hayden Registered Senior Member

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    Yes, it happens.
    To me occasionally an absolutely ordinary and frequently used word appears odd (some kind of misspelt), but this feeling goes away once I cross check the spelling, it does not persist.
     
  9. Michael 345 Bali in Nov closer Valued Senior Member

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    I'm mild dyslexic and a atrocious speller, probably not ideal example but even with my poor history of spelling I occasionally find I look at simple words like "the" and "and" wonder if they are spelt correctly

    I also have problems remembering people's names

    Those are two of my best points

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  10. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    Generaly western 1st world society is organised by a very stringent class of process.
    This is modelled through the passing on and discemination of knowledge.
    humans are a creature that has emotions that defy basic cause and effect as an interactive social model to the individual expereincer.
    this, you could potentiate as the individual mind.
    Religous folk might call it a soul, while easy discription can be defined as "the self"

    analog measurement of quantatative data is not qualatative in its binary form.

    this form of culture that defines class formed observation allows interpretation to be not only in the now, but also in the past.

    if you understand what i have written(& or wish clarification) i will continue.
     
  11. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    But nothing else is like that. Either I know something is wrong or I suspect something is wrong & investigate. Only with these random words do I have that weird feeling.
    I just made a typo in this post, saw it & fixed it. No problem.

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  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Yes, I get the same thing from time to time.

    Actually, if you sit and stare at just about any word, it starts to seem weird after a while. Like the word "weird".
     
  13. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I can usually tell at a glance whether a word is spelled correctly.

    My father used to read voraciously but he was a terrible speller. I couldn't understand how he could see a word and not know how to spell it - but I eventually realized that everybody doesn't have that ability. (He would also hear a word and still mispronounce it.)

    This computer has spellcheck turned on, so I can just tweak a word until it's accepted. The spell checker is inordinately fond of hyphens.
     
  14. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    How Trumpian of you.
     
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  15. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    I have experienced this before.
     
  16. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I think that some otherwise mundane words can have a special meaning in context of some earlier event and become "trigger words" for a specific empathic response.
     
  17. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    Nope it was more so staring at words for several minutes and seeing the letters as weird and nonsensical.
     
  18. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Ok, must be a mental thing, perhaps similar to an optical illusion. The brain can come up with some very interesting interpretive solutions to cetain visual stimuli.

    This may be of interest;
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia
     
  19. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    Wasn't an optical illusion, it was more like a verbal illusion.
     
  20. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Right, I said "similar to". It would still be a mental trick the brain plays on you.
     
  21. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    And we can be fooled about which sense is telling us something. I was walking to work once, with headphones on, listening to heavy metal music. A car turned nearby and I "heard" its fanbelt squeak. After a moment I asked myself how I could hear anything with that loud music playing. Then I realized I smelled burning rubber.
     
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  22. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    If your brain recognizes something it is familiar with , it will try to integrate that information into it's "best guess". This is also how we get the experience of "having been somewhere before", which is usually triggered by just seeing a single object that brings back a memory, such as a picture, a vase, a table, a couch, placement of furniture, a smell, a sound.
    The brain has that amazing flexibility in associative cognition. It's all processed by the mirror neural system.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality
     
  23. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    The shortcuts that the brain takes can have some impressive results or they can be very frustrating.
     

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