I believe there's a special word for it but I can't recall it. What would be a proper name for the phenomenon of regarding inanimate objects (or animals) as humans in terms of properties?

E.g. talking about a door that's been hurt or a chair that is sad. Alternatively speaking of dogs smiling or cows taking a coffee break with friends.

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    Anthropomorphism. Promoting animals, but demoting God (in our imaginations). Feb 24 '14 at 22:56
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    Or personification. Either can apply to non-animals, however. Feb 24 '14 at 22:58

Anthropomorphism — n the attribution of human form or behaviour to a deity, animal, etc

The verb, thanks to @Bradd Szonye is Anthropomorphize

  • Also anthropomorphization. Feb 24 '14 at 23:44

I would say personification, but an answer has to be longer than that.

  • Yes, it has to be; it still isn't in essence. Lol.
    – Kris
    Feb 25 '14 at 6:25
  • +1 I'd argue that it's the content of an answer contra the question's intention that has to to proper. The very length doesn't, at least not in my view, as I can think of numerous lengthy answers that aren't good and quite many short that very well are. However, there's often some correlation between the size and the quality. Feb 25 '14 at 7:54
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    @KonradViltersten: I can't parse or understand your first sentence. I was referring to the technical limitation on stackexchange whereby it won't accept an answer that is shorter than some number of characters.
    – Colin Fine
    Feb 26 '14 at 10:20
  • My bad. I didn't realize that you had to add the extra characters to get the site to accept your contribution. I though that you meant that a reply in general needs to be more length in order to be regarded as acceptable. (Also, there's a typo - "has to to proper" instead of the correct "has to be proper"). Feb 26 '14 at 14:15

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