BF: "Hey, you know that weird thing you have?"
Me: "Ugh.. I'm short?"
BF: "Not that."
Me: "Well then..."
BF: "You taste words when you hear them. Or see them."
Me: "And you don't?"
BF: "You have lexical gustatory synaesthesia. What does the word synaesthesia taste like to you?"
Me: "Salt! And you?"
So that's pretty much it! I actually taste words when I hear them. Some words even have textures. Here's a short list of words I hear and their taste (not a comprehensive list, but just to give you an idea):
- words with a heavy "s" sound = salty
- words with "puh" sounds = apple sauce
- earwax = the worst taste of all
- chocolate = deep watery word that tastes like chocolate
- words with "ju" sounds, like "jub jub" or "juice" = jub jub candies
- crackers = buttery saltiness
- words with "ka" sounds = creamy
- chicken = chicken
The most distracting sound is the "s" sound. It is so common, and I always have a salty feeling on my tongue after hearing it. The most annoying sound is "chicken" as I am a vegetarian.
I also have another form of synaesthesia. Numbers always have colours, and some have personalities.
- 1 = black
- 2 = blue
- 3 = green
- 4 = red (always angry)
- 5 = blue
- 6 = brown
- 7 = yellow (always happy)
- 8 = black
- 9 = green (angry, horrible number)
Bizarre, I know. But that is why I blog: to entertain you with strangeness.