by Teresa West
Paranormal Underground e-Magazine
The term pareidolia (pronounced /pærɪˈdoʊliə/) describes a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse. The word comes from the Greek para- —”beside”, “with” or “alongside”- meaning, in this context, something faulty or wrong (as in paraphasia, disordered speech)—and eidolon—”image” (the diminutive of eidos—”image”, “form”, “shape”). Pareidolia is a type of apophenia.
In reference to Boppygate ’09:
I was a panelist on this round table Monday night. The end of the podcast is usually a little jumbled due to everyone saying “Thanks” and “Goodnight”. I personally did not hear “Boppy” while we were recording. I do remember Cheryl saying “Sorry!” when Karen brought up the fact that both Cheryl and Chad had to leave.
I have subsequently listened to this segment approximately 100 times. I, myself don’t hear “Boppy”. In fact, I don’t hear any word at all. To me it sounds like something spoken by Cheryl that got all jumbled up on the transmission. I heard things like that all through the broadcast when more than one person tried to talk at once. Not to say that it recorded that way, just that I heard it that way.
The point of all this setup rambling is this: I can make “Boppy” into “Sorry!” or “Lucky!”
What does “boppy” sound like to you? I am interested to hear every one’s point of view!