I think the word you’re thinking of is synesthetic, but I’m not sure it entirely applies here.
Anyway, I hear something like “fuck – oops wait! I mean… not fuck… darn I said it again… ok how about if i just say something that reminds people of the word, but then doesn’t actually say it, like using an asterisk or something… yes that’s a good idea. nobody will ever be offended this way.” :rolleyes:
f*ck sounds like fck in my head
f**king sounds like fking
I rarely see G_D, but when I saw it the first time in this thread, I just said the letters in my head, “G” “D”.
I hear the words in my head as I read them. I’m told this is a result of how we’re taught to read in elementary school, and that “speed readers” unlearn this habit and read chunks of a sentence without sounding anything out.
To me, f*ck is fuck, @$$ is ass, and so on. The only one that’s different is G-d, since I hadn’t encountered it until recently. I tend to still think it as Gee dee (I didn’t know what it meant at first), but once in a while it turns into God in my head, too. I’m still working on it.
fsck is eff-sock, by the way, probably because the first time I encountered it (I improperly shut down my brand new Redhat 7.1 install), I figured it must mean “file socket.” I’m not entirely sure what a file socket is.
Another interesting tidbit: when I say “What the fuck?” out loud, I find myself thinking “WTF?” I’ve tried pronouncing that, but it doesn’t work very well; the closest I’ve gotten is “whut-fuh?” I pretty much try turning every acronym into pronouncable words, but the ones without vowels are kind of hard.
Let me restate that. When I read it’s like this: say the statement: “I was like I was like WTF? It was so big and bright blue.” When reading it in my head it would be like I would hear all the words but WTF. It’s hard to explain.
I’m pretty much like RandomLetters in that I don’t hear things when I read. The only time I have to slow down and “pronounce” things is when I get to names or foreign languages in the text. I went to an introductory speed-reading course once and they said that subvocalizing physically or mentally is one of the main limiting factors in learning to read quickly. Since I started reading when I was about three (before my first clear memory in fact) I may have skipped the letter-to-sound stage very early on. That probably explains my fast, though not spectacular, reading speed of around 700 WPM. Seeing “f*ck” in text makes me mentally pause, until I can match the concept with the text, but it doesn’t make me hear it.
[aside] A side effect of this is that I have a hard time remembering fiction characters’ names since the name becomes kind of like a glyph for all the personality traits, physical description, and actions associated with the character in the story. When I see “Anne” in “Anne of Green Gables” I don’t really see the word, I skip straight to the gestalt “girl with red hair (which she hates) and a stubborn personality who is prone to misadventure living in a house with green-painted gables, etc…” [/aside]
Ditto for me, esp if the name appears a lot, or if it is something hard to pronounce (ie Joe is easy to pronounce so unless it is every second word I always pronounce it). Almost any word that is hard to pronounce just becomes a group of letters.
In com sci we use the same commands/variable names over and over and over, so those become meaningless shapes too. Sort of like when you say a word many times, and it just becomes a sound pattern.