Mental Weirdness

Interesting. From Slashdot:

I find that when spending too much time looking at the same code, it starts becoming ‘vague’ and I feel as if I’m in a fugue. It’s akin to the same thing as writing a story or some e-mail and thinking that you’ve misspelled the words ‘it’ or ‘and’. It may very well be correct, but it looks foreign and you try to fix something that isn’t broken.

That’s so weird. Something similar happens to me sometimes, but with spoken words. Occasionally when I’m speaking, a word will just sound very strange and out of place – almost foreign. If I stop and think about it, and repeat it a few times, it just doesn’t sound right, like I’m trying to pronounce a word I’ve never said before, and I’m not getting it quite right. It’s usually a simple word, like “toast”. If I let it go, and think about it hours later, everything’s fine, but if I keep at it, it all seems to get much stranger.

I guess it’s good to know I’m not the only one with weird language issues sometimes.