I don’t know when it started.
Call it my creative mind or the ADD. Certain words, when I hear or speak them, spark a follow-up phrase. Those who know me well know this about me and find it cute. Or at the very least they are too polite to say otherwise.
It could be catching, because I’m pretty sure my daughter does it as well.
Generally, it’s song lyrics, but on occasion fairly common phrases pop in as well.
For example, I’d bought a new bag of the variety of single serve chips. I was the first person to have any, so I had to open the bag. I thought there was usually a perforated line across the top and with a light pulling action, it was open.
I could not find a perforation.
I’m turning the bag around and think it seems smaller than it has in the past. I flip it again to see how many bags are inside: 20 singles.
And then out of nowhere, my inner voice said: …are available in your area.
I wish someone would have been in the room with me to see if I made a weird face. Because I know I was thinking, where did that come from?
It got me to thinking about how I do that a lot. Many times, I’ll say it out loud, even if no one but the dog is there to hear it. I wondered if this phenomenon (for lack of a better word) was limited to a few selected individuals.
Having no idea what to Google, I tried ‘word association’ first. The first link on the search brought me here. Being a lover of words, but often at a loss for the right one (see also paragraph above), I found this site interesting and worth bookmarking for future use.
I scanned the results of the next search and this article from Scientific American caught my eye.
The beginning of the article describes a specific example of Proustian Memory. In short, those times when you are trying to think of a specific word, it’s right on the tip of your tongue, and then hours or even days later it pops in your mind from out of nowhere.
To give you a synopsis of what I’ve learned over an hour or so is the brain is an amazing organ. Certain words can evoke an emotion, a memory, or even new idea.
Have you seen this meme (or similar interpretations) that’s gone around the Internet several times over many years?
Here are a few of mine:
…fancy – you already know “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
…alright stop – collaborate and listen (Hello, ’80s) “Ice, Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
…it’s so delicious – D to the E to the L-I-C-I-O-U-S “Fergalicious” – Fergie
…in the gym – working on my fitness (Yes, Fergie fan here)
…first things first – I’m the realist “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea
…guess who’s back – back again “Without Me” – Emeniem
…I did my time – and I want out “Psychosocial” – Slipknot
…it’s just one of those days – it’s all about the he said she said “Break Things” – Limp Bizkit
…push it – push it real good “Push It” Salt-N-Peppa
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any phrases you always finish?