“Caster, Coaster, whatever. The word is the same colour.”
If someone in the middle of a casual conversation suddenly slipped up and used a wrong word, and waved it off, saying “well, they’re the same colour, that’s how I got mixed up.” What would your first reaction be?
Would you pretend you didn’t hear? Many people do. They think there’s no way they heard that right.
Would you look at them strangely and say something like “Riiiiigggght. Whatever” and write that person off as mentally challenged? Lots of people do.
Would you say “What? What do you mean?” Some people do. Curiosity gets the better of them.
Or would you be the very rare person who thinks “ah. This person must have synesthesia” accept the comment, and move on?
I’d probably say “YOU TOO? I have that problem ALL THE TIME!!”
It can be a real problem. It’s like sometimes I have a bit of brain aphasia and while my right brain brings up a picture of a “coaster” and sends the info with a yellow colour attached, my left brain does a bit of a search for yellow word sounds, finds “caster” and thinks “yep, that’ll do” and that’s what I say.
So my brain is sure it has said the yellow word “coaster” but that’s not what came out. Hence, “same colour, got mixed up.”
Some people say that grapheme colour synesthesia is a memory aid. Well, let me tell you, not for me it isn’t. It has got me into trouble so many times. I’m notorious for mixing up letters and numbers with nearly the same colour. And yet, I have near perfect recall of phone numbers and license plates because of my syn.
Despite all that, I like my synesthesia. I like seeing all the colours in my letters and numbers. That’s why I have no problem explaining that I’ve mixed up my colours. Even if it does get the strangest reactions from people!