Sensory Words

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    1. Hi
      A few more to consider:
      Touch/Texture: granular, grainy, uneven, rigid, bendy, yielding, boiling, scalding, frozen
      Size: slender, huge, enormous, cavernous, infinite, gigantic, microscopic.
      Vision: murky
      Colours: magenta, violet, indigo (the last two because much used as rainbow and chakra colours)
      Smell: malodorous, stinky/stinking. Comment: nidorous exists but I have never heard/seen it used. I would put flowery in smell not vision.
      I don’t recognise the application of taste to the following: balmy (= warm weather) bristly (usually texture), bumpy (usually texture), chilly (usually temperature = texture).
      Thumbing does not apply to sound as far as I know and steno is not a smell. Both words are rare.
      Isn’t the English language rich? this has been great fun, thanks.

  1. deep, open, spacious, could go in size or vision

    touch/texture
    watery, metallic, effervescent, bubbly
    held?, weightless, suspended, unimpeded
    droplet, globule

    movement
    effulging, burgeoning, washing, flowing, undulating, flooding, shimmying, rushing, flushing , wafting, quivering. settling, condensing?(the sense of mist settling on something)
    size
    big, vast,

    sound
    some adjectives to go with the sounds: precise, clear, sonorous, bassy, muted, muffled, intense, melodic, guttural, continuous, high, undulating, distant, near, to my left, right , in front behind, other locations

    clank, clang, melody, tone, warbling

    maybe the thumbing (not a sound word I know) could be thrumming?

    I get curious about neutrality here as some sounds seem to express affect, I wouldn’t know how to describe the quality of a tone which felt poignant without using the word poignant, or the quality of the tone which has an urgency, or purity etc.. thats just something interesting .. like a minor tone seems intrinsically to have some affect.

    tingle is a sensation(as far as I know), but tinkle would be a good replacement

    colour
    pearly, claret,
    perhaps some distinctions: moonlight silver as well as metallic silver : baby blue, electric blue, dark blue Metallic gold, or sunset gold , baby pink, hot pink,

    vision
    glimmering, luminous

    smell
    To my mind reeking and sickly are not neutral
    could have specific scents: rose, honeysuckle, mint, liquorice, shit, piss, snot, rubber

    taste
    sherbet, liquorice, mint, lemon, orange, zingy, blackcurrant

    as I read this I wonder whether mouth-feel is its own class of sensation, with smooth(different when drunk than touched), mellifluous, melty, oily, evaporating like alcohol, creamy, like snow, like sorbet, like nectar

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