The Color Of Words #SoCS

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS) is “color”. I already shared about my perception of color several months ago. Like I shared then, I no longer have the ability to see colors in the physical world due to being totally blind. I used to as a child though and still retain the ability to see colors in my mind’s eye through synesthesia.

I mentioned that color words don’t always correspond to their own color. For example, the word “green” is mostly red. The word “color” itself is mostly yellow. Both o’s are yellow and so is the c. Interestingly, so is the u in the British spelling of the word.

I love some words more depending on their color combinations in their synesthetic presentations in my mind. For example, really I like the British spelling of “colour” more than the American one. The slightly darker shade of yellow for the u adds an interesting shade to the word that makes it somehow more appealing. Same for the word “synaesthesia” in its British spelling. I don’t honestly think there are many words whose American spelling appeals more synesthetically to me than its British spelling. Then again, I am used to mostly using American English on my blog, so that’s what I’ll do.

12 thoughts on “The Color Of Words #SoCS

    1. Thank you for commenting. I’m glad you’re interested in learning more about synesthesia. I may write more about it indeed. I even was once asked to contribute to a book on the topic, but that didn’t work out for me. (This was back in like 2005, when my English and general writing skills were still much poorer than they are now.)

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  1. I agree with Paula, synaesthesia is so interesting! My computer’s spell checker is set up for Canadian English, which mostly follows British spellings, but it thinks I should spell words like synaesthesia and anaesthesia the American way.

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  2. It’s probably not the same as your experience, but I do kind of associate certain colors with letters of the alphabet. I’m pretty sure it’s because of a learn the alphabet poster that I had as a kid. A was red, B was orange, C was yellow, and so on.

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    1. Oh, that makes sense. It could be associated synesthesia (where you don’t actually see the colors but “know” they belong to the letters), but like you say, it could be related to the poster you used as a child too.

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