Verbal Satiation

Verbal satiation is another term for semantic satiation; it occurs when someone says or reads a word so frequently in a short timespan that it loses its meaning.

Steve: Tartlets… Tartlets… Tartlets… The word has lost all meaning.
– Friends (1995) Season 1, Episode 15; “The One with the Stoned Guy” [No. 15]


3 thoughts on “Verbal Satiation

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  2. Alan Sherman (of “Hello Mudder, Hello Fodder, Here I Am At Camp Granada” fame – set to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours“) once wrote a book just before his death, entitled, “The Rape of the A.P.E.*” (*American Puritan Ethic), in which, in one chapter, he wrote six pages consisting of only the one word, “Fuck“. At the end of the chapter he explained with what trepidation he began the chapter, and by it’s end, the word had lost all meaning for him.

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