Connie the Cunning Linguist
Words that Look Funny
If you stare at them long enough
Linguists have a term for that strange thing that happens when you look at a word when you are maybe a little tired and it’s been a long day and that word just looks wrong or weird. The term is semantic satiation. Here’s a few examples. If you look at these words for a little while, you will see strange meanings emerging and hilarity will ensue. I promise.
This can be a nice boy’s name. Or it can be a tomb in Riverside Park. Can you guess who is buried in Grant’s tomb? You’re right, it was George Washington’s white horse. But anyhow, here’s another meaning for grant.
A small insect who thinks he’s a tiger?
Fist of all, if you accent the second syllable it’s no longer anything on a clock. It suddenly means very small. Or does it? Maybe it means, that is your lizard, but this is my…
First of all, commitment is impossible to spell correctly. Is it two m’s? Two t’s? Who the heck knows? It’s almost as hard as recommend or accommodate, two other impossibly hard to spell words. But if you look at this word long enough, everything becomes quite wintry. And if you lose your gloves, you know what you have to do? Find a friend and commit:
This is my theory and I’m stickin’ to it: that if you look at this word long enough, it becomes the nickname you have given to your cookie friend:
Hate to end on a rude one, but…no I don’t, who am I kidding? I love rude ones. So ensue is when hilarity follows, for example, as I used the word above. But it can also mean the place that Skip wishes he could be.