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synesthesia or synaesthesia (sin-uhs-THEE-zhuh, -zhee-uh) noun
1. A sensation felt in one part of the body when stimulus is applied to another part, e.g. visualization of a color on hearing a sound.
2. (In literature) Using an unrelated sense to describe something, e.g. warm sounds or fragrant words.
[From New Latin, from syn- (together) + -esthesia, from Greek aisthesis (sensation or perception). Ultimately from Indo-European root au- (to perceive) from which other words such as audio, audience, audit, obey, oyez, auditorium, anesthesia, and aesthetic are derived.]
Here is an article on this topic from Scientific American.
"As many as one in 2,000 people has the mysterious condition known as
synesthesia, a mingling of different senses into one. Some taste shapes.
Others feel colours or see sounds."
"Ms. Mass's novel for young teens about synesthesia, 'A Mango-Shaped
Space' (Little, Brown, 2003), tells the story of a 13-year-old girl
named Mia who perceives letters, numbers and sounds as colors."
This week's theme: miscellaneous words.
One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one. -Henry Miller, writer (1891-1980)
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