Dec 08, 2008, 06:29AM

Eat your words, they taste fine

There have only been five documented cases in the past century of "word-gustatory synesthesia," where hearing or seeing a word evokes an involuntary taste association.

Watch the literary-nerd types salivate:

Whether or not TD is an authentic synesthete, her case is fascinating. The tastes she associates with each word are remarkably vivid. She even has a list of 28 "ugly words" that she avoids using or writing (including Cincinnati, number, portable, squirm, and phony) because of the disgusting tastes she says she experiences along with them.

Joyce tastes like chicken.


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