Semantic Satiation

Dave Letterman says “lumpy” over and over until it sounds hilarious.

I’ve been watching Ted Lasso (have you been watching Ted Lasso? You should be watching Ted Lasso) recently and at the beginning of an episode I watched last night, the titular Lasso gets hung up on the word “plan”. After he says the word a few too many times he feels like it starts to lose its meaning. When he asks his friend/assistant coach about his experience, he’s reminded that it’s called “semantic satiation”, whereby a repeated word becomes abstract noise to a listener.

I’m always here for nerdy, linguistic trivia thrown into the middle of my emotional sports comedies.