gestalt houkai

Guest   Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:10 am GMT
ゲシュタルト崩壊 (Gestalt Collapse) is a term in Japanese which describes the phenomenon of a complex character breaking down into its component parts in one's mind and losing its meaning if one stares at it for a short while. It's said to happen most easily with the characters 借, 粉, and 若. I wonder if this effect is limited to Chinese characters or if it applies to other languages as well. In English, if I look at certain words for a while, sometimes I start to wonder if the spelling is really correct... I wonder if this is the same effect.
Bardioc   Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:06 pm GMT
I once had the feeling that, when speaking a certain word, then its meaning fades leaving only the now meaningless sounds. Thank you for your post, guest!
Ken   Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:46 pm GMT
Here's an English word that has sorta adopted its own meaning seperate from its original one:

Crucial - a crossroads; a turning point (orig. latin "crux"). People use it to mean essential.