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Semantic Satiation: what happens when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning

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Semantic Satiation: what happens when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning

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Semantic Satiation: Repeating a Word Until Its Meaning Disappears

Semantic satiation (also semantic saturation) is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds.

Semantic satiation (also semantic saturation) is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds.

Semantic satiation (also semantic saturation) is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as...

Semantic satiation (also semantic saturation) is a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as...

semantic satiation (n.): a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose its meaning

semantic satiation (n.): a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose its meaning

It's called semantic satiation.

Repeating a Word Until It Loses Its Meaning: It’s a Thing

Post 32: Handy tip - how to not kill your reader!  We take a look at semantic satiation.  http://tjwithers.com/2014/10/09/semantic-satiation/

Post 32: Handy tip - how to not kill your reader! We take a look at semantic satiation. http://tjwithers.com/2014/10/09/semantic-satiation/

Repetition of a word can render it meaningless, a phenomenon known as semantic satiation. #science #linguistics #semantics

Say a word over and over and see what happens

Repetition of a word can render it meaningless, a phenomenon known as semantic satiation. #science #linguistics #semantics

Semantic satiation is a phenomenon whereby the uninterrupted repetition of a word eventually leads to a sense that the word has lost its meaning.

Semantic Satiation: Repeating a Word Until Its Meaning Disappears

Semantic satiation is a phenomenon whereby the uninterrupted repetition of a word eventually leads to a sense that the word has lost its meaning.