July 16th, 2013

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Tuesday Word: haptodysphoria

Haptodysphoria is the odd, unpleasant feeling some people experience when touching a fuzzy object, such as a wool sweater or a piece of felt. It’s a very specific form of tactile-emotion synesthesia, which is the ability of various textures to elicit an emotional response, whether positive or negative, weak or overwhelming, when touched. The word is Greek in origin, being a combination of hapto (touch) and dysphoria (discomfort).