Word of the Day: Pareidolia

PAREIDOLIA: The phenomenon of seeing faces or figures in nature. For example, I see a fat, nesting chicken in this spectacular lump of ice.

The term itself originates from the Greek words “para” (“instead of”) and “eidolon” (“shape”).

RELATED WORD:

Apophenia: “Seeing patterns in random data”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia)

What do you see when you look at this photograph?

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2 Responses to “Word of the Day: Pareidolia”

  1. Ziggy Blum says:

    Looks like a fox with a very small face. Sort an an anime character

    • Marya Miller says:

      Posting on my Facebook Page, Yvette said she sees a rabbit in the top left corner. Fun to see what others see – at first the chicken was so obvious.

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