Word for Wednesday: Pareidolia

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While it’s unlikely that you’ll have come across this unusual word before, it describes something we have all experienced.

Pareidolia, ponounced ‘par-eye-doe-lee-ya’, is the mental phenomenon of assigning significance to inanimate objects or images – in other words, seeing faces in things.

Much like learning a new word, once you know about it, you’ll notice pareidolia everywhere!

There are countless examples of pareidolia on the web but a particularly good gallery to check out is where James Plafke has compiled a list of ‘50 Things That Look Like Faces

Can you spot any this week?

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Hugh MacDermott

08 Apr 2015
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