16 Truths For People Who Assign Personalities To Numbers And Letters

What do you mean not everyone does this?

1. For as long as you can remember, you’ve experienced a kind of synesthesia called ordinal linguistic personification — although you didn’t necessarily know it had a name.

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2. Basically, you think that letters and numbers have distinct personalities.

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3. You assumed everyone thought this way, but you were shocked when most other people had no idea what you were talking about.

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4. Because to you, it’s obvious that some numbers and letters are inherently male and others are female.

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5. And some don’t necessarily have a gender, but they all definitely have personalities.

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6. You might even do this for days of the week, or months of year.

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7. They all have personal relationships with each other, too.

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8. Maybe some numbers are in love.

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9. Or some letters are parents to other letters.

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10. Some of them might hate each other.

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11. You can’t explain why you think of them this way; you just know it’s how they are.

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12. You were delighted when you finally found out that your experience had a name.

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13. And when you found others who also experienced it, you were so relieved to know that you weren’t alone.

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14. Although their interpretations are often very different from yours.

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15. When you try to explain ordinal linguistic personification to other people, they still don’t really get it.

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16. But ultimately, even if other people think it’s weird, you prefer your unusual way of thinking.

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Kat Angus is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.
 
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