Semantic Satiation

You’re trying to spell the word niehbor. Nieghbor. Neigbhor. Neighbor. Or you repeat a word aloud several times, “Gallop… gallop… gallop… gallop…” The word becomes meaningless sounds on your tongue. The subject has been a curiosity for a long time. Elizabeth Severance and Margaret Washburn wrote on the topic in 1907: “If a printed word […]