Semantic satiation

is when a word loses its meaning from repeating it too many times.

I write my paper, my last paper, the final paper paper, the important paper paper paper. The paper is not a thesis, but a paper. I use “paper” and not “essay” because “paper” (paper paper paper paper paper paper paper paper paper paper paper) better represents the paper’s length, the paper’s research, and the significance of the paperpaper, including the fact that I will be defending the paper. (To a glowing supervisor, a singing second reader, and a celebrated external. At least one of whom in my fantasy stands ceremony to acknowledge the Coast Salish territory wherein all this papering takes place. As it were.)  The paperpaper is a long paperpaperpaperpaper, though, longer than other papers, all the other papers I have heretofore written, though I wrote long papers for each of my seminar final paperpapers. Indeed, even my short papers were longer papers than they should have been. But this paperpaper will no doubt be the longest paper of all the papers. This paper is the paper.

A stack of copy paper.
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3 Responses to Semantic satiation

  1. Dear Paper,
    Love Paper xxx

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