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(University of Hawaii)   The phenomenon of repeating a word or phrase until it loses meaning is called "semantic satiation." semantic satiation semantic satiation semantic satiation semantic satiation semantic satiation semantic satiation   (soc.hawaii.edu) divider line 111
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2013-02-12 05:41:49 PM  
wow
is there any way that that page could be more annoying?
maybe autoplay of some atonal music ??
 
2013-02-12 05:44:42 PM  
one of us, one of us,  one of us,  one of us,  one of us,  one of us,  one of us,  one of us,  one of us
 
2013-02-12 05:46:19 PM  
Badger.
 
2013-02-12 05:46:34 PM  
It's deja vu all over again.
 
2013-02-12 05:47:34 PM  
Semantic satiation is a tool of meditation.  So it must be good, right?
 
2013-02-12 05:51:57 PM  
i716.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-12 05:56:40 PM  
Let me try...
freedom freedom freedom freedom freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom
yup, lost all meaning.
 
2013-02-12 05:56:59 PM  
Which backs my claim that this is why the Pledge of Allegiance loses its meaning in day after day rote recitation in Schools.
 
2013-02-12 05:57:41 PM  
 
2013-02-12 06:09:06 PM  

alfuso: Which backs my claim that this is why the Pledge of Allegiance loses its meaning in day after day rote recitation in Schools.



It never had any to begin with as far as I knew as a child. No one bothered to tell us what it meant so it was just as meaningful as the prayers I had to memorize.
 
2013-02-12 06:16:41 PM  
Bully or being bullied is fast falling prey to this
 
2013-02-12 06:17:27 PM  
Amazing!
 
2013-02-12 06:18:58 PM  
i14.photobucket.com

Smock smock smock smock smock smock!
 
2013-02-12 06:26:08 PM  

BuckTurgidson: Smock smock smock smock smock smock!


+1
 
2013-02-12 06:27:30 PM  
I was about to post "hero," and then I saw what Shrapnel did there. Well played.
 
2013-02-12 06:27:48 PM  
jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs....
 
2013-02-12 06:28:14 PM  
Damn. I thought GeoCities had been shut down.
 
2013-02-12 06:30:06 PM  
The worst word for that is "rural".

Just repeat it to yourself. By 10 iterations it ceases to even sound like language.
 
2013-02-12 06:31:07 PM  
People at work made fun of me when I asked them if any of them had ever said a word so many times it lost all meaning and felt alien to say. The main word that I had problems with was "knob" . I would say this word over and over until it just didn't make sense. WHO'S CRAZY NOW, biatchES!!!???
 
2013-02-12 06:32:40 PM  
I usually call it "why do you keep watching this channel?"
 
2013-02-12 06:35:25 PM  
Evidently African Americans had the wrong strategy to prevent people from saying the N word.
 
2013-02-12 06:38:15 PM  
Racism, autism, and assault weapon
 
2013-02-12 06:39:14 PM  
Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, YES!
 
2013-02-12 06:39:38 PM  
jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus  jesus
mohammed mohammed  mohammed  mohammed  mohammed  mohammed  mohammed  mohammed  mohammed  mohammed
religion religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion  religion
science science  science  science  science  science  ...wait oh shiat.
 
2013-02-12 06:39:55 PM  
pancake pancake pancake pancake pancake pancake pancake

Heh, this is fun

pancake pancake pancake pancake
 
2013-02-12 06:41:04 PM  
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2013-02-12 06:44:42 PM  
 
2013-02-12 06:46:52 PM  
So this explains the purpose and intent of rap music? I wish it did, but I doubt it.
 
2013-02-12 06:46:55 PM  
Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff, Fiscal Cliff,  Fiscal . . .

We solved that problem, right?
 
2013-02-12 06:49:31 PM  
global warming global warming global warming climate change global warming climate change global warming climate change global climate change global climate change climate change climate change
 
2013-02-12 06:50:56 PM  
Try it with the word 'battery'.
 
2013-02-12 06:52:18 PM  
Penis, penis, penis
Vagina, vagina, vagina
 
2013-02-12 06:58:47 PM  
Say semantic satiation again!

theathleticnerd.com
 
2013-02-12 06:59:49 PM  
The compulsion to repeat the same word over and over again is called cataphasia. This remains the only fact I have ever learned from VH1's Pop-Up Video.
 
2013-02-12 07:01:23 PM  
I told my son when he started dating not to toss the word "love" around lightly. If you tell everyone you date you love them it cheapens the word.
 
2013-02-12 07:02:09 PM  
Pioneer Aviation!!
 
2013-02-12 07:03:38 PM  
Stakeholders stakeholders stakeholders

Ok, I'm done
 
2013-02-12 07:05:56 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, YES!


So I was working with some code yesterday and this happened to me with the word "field."  I spent a good minute looking at it because it just looked wrong to me.  I eventually googled it just to make sure I got it right.  Weird moment.
 
2013-02-12 07:08:16 PM  
Life life life life life life life life life life life life life life...

Oh gawd. I've lost the will to live. Or else I've attained enlightenment.
 
2013-02-12 07:12:27 PM  
"tartlets"
 
2013-02-12 07:21:43 PM  
Job creators
 
2013-02-12 07:26:45 PM  
oil independence
 
2013-02-12 07:27:11 PM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-12 07:31:18 PM  

The Martian Manhandler: [25.media.tumblr.com image 461x700]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjzyAHKYJ8M


Came for this.  The thread is done.

/Mmmm... taco shells!
 
2013-02-12 07:34:08 PM  

Rufus Lee King: "Cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes, cornflakes!"

[i1.ytimg.com image 320x180]




It will never work Vyvian.
 
2013-02-12 07:34:39 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: Let me try...
freedom freedom freedom freedom freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom  freedom
yup, lost all meaning.


Pretty sure that happened during the first teaparty gathering.
 
2013-02-12 07:36:17 PM  
imminent

Benghazi
 
2013-02-12 07:39:53 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Semantic satiation is a tool of meditation.  So it must be good, right?


gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay  gay
 
2013-02-12 07:40:46 PM  

freetomato: I told my son when he started dating not to toss the word "love" around lightly. If you tell everyone you date you love them it cheapens the word.


But, D-a-a-a-a-d, it gets me laid!

/Words you don't want to hear from your kids.
 
2013-02-12 07:42:29 PM  
Hey everyone. Stop saying "awkward." Even if something is "awkward" don't say it. I'm tired of hearing it constantly.
 
2013-02-12 07:48:05 PM  
Tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom tot mom
 
2013-02-12 07:50:04 PM  
Sometimes it's meaningless right at the start and pretends to mean something through repetition.


Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators Job creators
 
2013-02-12 07:52:13 PM  
a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com

Scuba
 
2013-02-12 07:53:35 PM  
Scuba.
 
2013-02-12 07:54:16 PM  
Goddammit.
 
2013-02-12 07:57:12 PM  
Inconceivable!
 
2013-02-12 07:57:51 PM  
How is this ironic?
 
2013-02-12 07:57:58 PM  
Toyota Corolla, Toyota Celica, Toyota Cressida...
 
2013-02-12 07:59:55 PM  
Sexual Chocolate
 
2013-02-12 08:07:46 PM  
RACIST!

 
The amount of idiots that pull that one out of the hat for the most trivial, imagined thoughtcrimes.
 
2013-02-12 08:08:38 PM  

42_42_42: How is this ironic?


irony has lost all meaning.
 
2013-02-12 08:14:43 PM  
Some time ago, it was "uihhh", or "you know"

Now, it's "basically"
 
2013-02-12 08:15:30 PM  
Clock.

I remember being up at 3:00am reading an Intel databook, specifically the section describing the clock signals and all the ways the various clocks interacted.

Clock.

And then, in that epiphany that comes to one reading a technical text at 3:00am, I realized "I just read 10 pages, every word of it, yet I have no idea what I just read."

Also, clock was no longer a word. It just couldn't be.

Clock.
 
2013-02-12 08:16:45 PM  
I hate it when crap like this is posted. Absolutely hate subtard with a hate that could fuel a hate sun for a thousand hateful years of pure, unadulterated hate. I shed hateful tears of hate. Hate you so much that hate itself is amazed at my hatred of you. Hate. Hate. I hate. I hate you.

Hate is only four hateful little hate filled letters.
 
2013-02-12 08:20:55 PM  
Shakin_Haitian:


Smartest
Funniest

2013-02-12 08:16:45 PM

I hate it when crap like this is posted. Absolutely hate subtard with a hate that could fuel a hate sun for a thousand hateful years of pure, unadulterated hate. I shed hateful tears of hate. Hate you so much that hate itself is amazed at my hatred of you. Hate. Hate. I hate. I hate you.

Hate is only four hateful little hate filled letters.

HATE.
LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE.
THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX.
IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU.
HATE.
HATE.
 
2013-02-12 08:22:52 PM  
"Don't say a word"


"....Fergulus."

"Shawn, I said no words."

"Oh, I see how it works. Two weeks ago we're playing Scrabble, it's not a word. Now suddenly it is a word because it's convenient for you."
 
2013-02-12 08:36:33 PM  
I read a book on management that was supposed to be by this guy who was a great manager.  I literally couldn't get through the first chapter.  Every page had the word "paradigm" 4 or 5 times.  It was used so much it became a paradigm!  The book was a complete piece of shiat.  It makes my head hurt what some people can write and be called an expert.
 
2013-02-12 08:37:36 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-02-12 08:41:15 PM  
Misogynist
 
2013-02-12 08:46:12 PM  

Big Ramifications: RACIST!

 
The amount of idiots that pull that one out of the hat for the most trivial, imagined thoughtcrimes.


Funny, that's never even once happened to me. You must be so unlucky.
 
2013-02-12 08:50:22 PM  

taglius: "tartlets"


Yes.
 
2013-02-12 08:54:56 PM  
"Anxious." Everyone keeps using anxious when they mean eager. Anxious implies a level of anxiety. If you're looking forward to something, you're not anxious about it, you're eager or some simile of it.
 
2013-02-12 08:57:26 PM  
Ironic tag must be broke from over use.
 
2013-02-12 08:58:39 PM  

maxheck: Shakin_Haitian:


Smartest
Funniest

2013-02-12 08:16:45 PM

I hate it when crap like this is posted. Absolutely hate subtard with a hate that could fuel a hate sun for a thousand hateful years of pure, unadulterated hate. I shed hateful tears of hate. Hate you so much that hate itself is amazed at my hatred of you. Hate. Hate. I hate. I hate you.

Hate is only four hateful little hate filled letters.

HATE.
LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE.
THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX.
IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU.
HATE.
HATE.


Such a good story.
 
2013-02-12 09:03:58 PM  
Jersey Jersey Jersey Jersey

/What? No Thurber fans?
 
2013-02-12 09:07:44 PM  
www.cornwallcommunitynews.co.uk
 
2013-02-12 09:23:57 PM  

IBelieveYouHaveMyStapler: I read a book on management that was supposed to be by this guy who was a great manager.  I literally couldn't get through the first chapter.  Every page had the word "paradigm" 4 or 5 times.  It was used so much it became a paradigm!  The book was a complete piece of shiat.  It makes my head hurt what some people can write and be called an expert.


There was a conversation that took place on the show Andromeda where every noun was proceeded by the word nano.
 
2013-02-12 10:03:03 PM  
my 3 contributions:
sustainable
freedom
green
 
2013-02-12 10:14:29 PM  
titty sprinkles
 
2013-02-12 10:23:28 PM  
Literally
 
2013-02-12 10:25:10 PM  
This does not work with penis. Look:

Penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis  penis.

It still says penis.

/Penis.
 
2013-02-12 10:25:42 PM  
This is a repeat from 1967.
 
2013-02-12 10:27:54 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: Let me try...
freedom freedom freedom


Oi!
 
2013-02-12 10:33:26 PM  
And for years I have just been calling it "verbal masturbation".

...

You know what? That just sounds kinkier. Why should I stop using a good thing?
 
2013-02-12 10:34:54 PM  
This is what happens when you say "Fish dicks" a whole bunch of times.  After a bit, you want to go out and buy some fish sticks.  Oh, wait, maybe it's the other way around.
 
2013-02-12 10:35:25 PM  
Well, fark.
 
2013-02-12 10:46:11 PM  
C'mon Fark....

fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fafap fap fap p  fap fap fap fap fap fap fap ffap fap fap ap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

/does it look funny to you?
//too tired to look
 
2013-02-12 11:08:22 PM  
t3.gstatic.com  t3.gstatic.com  t3.gstatic.com t3.gstatic.com  t3.gstatic.com  t3.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-12 11:12:17 PM  
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Pneumonoultramicroscopic silicovolcanoconiosis Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Pn eumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

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Antidisestablishmentarianism Antidisestablishmentarianism Antidisesta b lishmentarianism Antidisestablishmentarianism Antidisestablishmentaria nism Antidisestablishmentarianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antidisestablishmentarianism
 
2013-02-12 11:19:32 PM  
www.dougsworld.com
 
2013-02-12 11:46:18 PM  

The Martian Manhandler: [25.media.tumblr.com image 461x700]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjzyAHKYJ8M


Cam her for this leaving happy.
 
2013-02-12 11:59:38 PM  
Hmm...

meaning meaning meaning  meaning meaning meaning  meaning  meaning  meaning  meaning meaning meaning  meaning  meaning  meaning  meaning meaning  meaning  meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning meaning  meaning meaning  meaning meaning  meaning meaning  meaning meaning  meaning meaning  meaning meaning meaning  meaning meaning  meaning  meaning

Huh, it does lose.... something, I forget the word.
 
2013-02-13 12:38:26 AM  

Rufus Lee King: sseye: Big Ramifications: RACIST!


The amount of idiots that pull that one out of the hat for the most trivial, imagined thoughtcrimes.

Funny, that's never even once happened to me. You must be so unlucky.

Why he must be racist!

RACIST!!!!

~
I am gay. So so very gay.
 
2013-02-13 12:42:46 AM  
Number 9
Number 9
Number 9
 
2013-02-13 12:43:46 AM  
Dr. D. Ewen Cameron.

just sayin'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_driving
 
2013-02-13 12:47:42 AM  
Buffalo


/no one?
 
2013-02-13 12:58:30 AM  
not one of you dumbasses has mentioned the word hip.
\\Easter's on its way
 
2013-02-13 01:04:52 AM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-02-13 01:17:59 AM  
Two weeks.
 
2013-02-13 02:38:43 AM  
Fnord.
 
2013-02-13 02:39:41 AM  

frestcrallen: Two weeks.


media.giantbomb.com
Agrees.
 
2013-02-13 02:48:06 AM  

UsikFark: 42_42_42: How is this ironic?

irony has lost all meaning.


Irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony iron y irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony irony.
 
2013-02-13 03:19:24 AM  
I see what you did there with the Ironic tag, subby, and I gotta say, I like it.
 
2013-02-13 06:34:06 AM  
"semantic satiation."

Is that like running Norton Antivirus?
 
2013-02-13 07:47:22 AM  

Big Ramifications: Rufus Lee King: sseye: Big Ramifications: RACIST!


The amount of idiots that pull that one out of the hat for the most trivial, imagined thoughtcrimes.

Funny, that's never even once happened to me. You must be so unlucky.

Why he must be racist!

RACIST!!!!
~
I am gay. So so very gay.


If you keep tripping and falling and landing with a dick in your mouth, it's a distinct possibility.
 
2013-02-13 11:35:02 AM  

taglius: "tartlets"


The word has lost all meaning.
 
2013-02-13 12:17:02 PM  
Sounds like something Zippy the Pinhead (see above) would say, but, of course, he would only say it three times (Comedy Rule of Three).

semantic satiation
semantic satiation
semantic satiation

If you like, you can get that on a Zippy t-shirt or customized cartoon ($100) at zippythepinhead dot com.

I'm a long time zippy fan and also a big fan of Freaks (1933). It is a classic cult movie made with real circus freaks from the 1930s. I read the original short story ("Sports") by a French author in the book No, But I Saw the Movie, a collection of short stories made into movies, including The Fly.

http://www.amazon.com/No-But-Saw-Movie-Stories/dp/0140110909

I recommend it if you like that sort of thing. You might find it at one of the larger public libraries.

Another freaky movie I might mention, is The Old Dark House (1932). Boris Karloff plays the mute, homicidal butler, but the rest of the cast really holds their own as eccentric, decadent Welsh aristocrats and their unwelcome storm-trapped guests, a motley, some what stereotyped crew of 1930s characters. It's a dark comedy and delightfully wild, weird and wonderful. James Whale produced the movie. He was famous or infamous for his horror movies, which includes Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and also the great musical, Show Boat.

Freaks and The Old Dark House make a great dark comedy double bill. You can add Young Frankenstein or The Seventh Seal and make a mini-film festival out of it. I love glorious Black & White movies, at least when the producers and directors had the artistic sense to milk black and white for all it's worth. These four movies would probably be ruined by colour.
 
2013-02-13 02:55:14 PM  
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2013-02-13 08:06:24 PM  

brantgoose: Sounds like something Zippy the Pinhead (see above) would say, but, of course, he would only say it three times (Comedy Rule of Three).


My best friend was at a gallery opening and ran into Bill Griffith. Nice guy, and they dared him to eat a Twinkie covered in tabasco sauce. To his credit, he did.
 
2013-02-13 09:11:50 PM  
img694.imageshack.us
 
2013-02-14 01:57:01 PM  
Analyze and Inrrpterpret
Annnnzyle and Itterpretnl
Anal sex and Interrrrrpetgyu
 
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