Interesting article about a new report in the journal Nature on lexical gustatory-synesthesia. It’s an extremely rare condition in which people involuntarily “taste” certain words when they hear them — and MRI scans supposedly they’re not making this up.
One subject … hates driving, because the road signs flood his mouth with everything from pistachio ice cream to ear wax.
Another subject, upon seeing the word “castanets,” always tastes tuna. Of course, those of us who love word origins sometimes have a slightly different problem. When I see the word “castanets,” I taste nuts — preferably dipped in mellifluous.