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the things we do for art

See, there's this thing writers do, where they repeat cliched description rather that digging for authentic, telling detail. But sometimes the attempt to come up with an effective description bogs down in not having the appropriate sterile instruments for a spot of self-mutilation:

[18:55] matociquala: is blood really salty?
[18:55] stillsostrange: some people's
[18:56] stillsostrange: it depends
[18:56] matociquala: I should just stab my finger.
[18:56] stillsostrange: I think maybe it's more salt from the skin
[18:56] stillsostrange: Mine is more coppery.  Steven's is more irony.
[18:56] matociquala: My skin's not very salty, unless I am sweating.
[18:56] matociquala: Mine is kind of umami-sweet, I think.
[18:57] matociquala: with overtones of copper penny. *g*
[18:57] stillsostrange: Now I wonder
[18:57] stillsostrange: maybe it's not salty
[18:57] stillsostrange: maybe fiction has lead me astray
[18:57] stillsostrange: Mine is metallic and sweet
[18:58] stillsostrange: Maybe vampires bite a lot of sweaty people
[18:58] matociquala: I think of it as seaweedy.
[18:58] matociquala: I wonder if Rien knows what seaweed tastes like.
[18:58] matociquala: I bet you would have algae tanks on a generation ship.
[18:58] stillsostrange: I wish I still had some clean razorblades.  I would check.
[18:58] matociquala: LOL
[18:59] matociquala: Yeah, I was just thinking I don't have a clean enough needle.
[18:59] matociquala: What we do for our art.
[18:59] stillsostrange: I can never draw blood with a needle

ETA
[19:08] matociquala: *goes to stab finger*
[19:08] stillsostrange: hee
[19:08] stillsostrange: see, the stabbing hurts me way more than slicing
[19:09] stillsostrange: I'd much rather slice my arm
[19:09] matociquala: I'll stab my wrist instead, really
[19:09] stillsostrange: I still have a nice scar from high school.
[19:10] stillsostrange: oh, found a razorblade
[19:11] matociquala: I'm not bleeding well, dammit.
[19:11] matociquala: stupid platelets.
[19:12] matociquala: I could just shave my legs.
[19:12] matociquala: that would no doubt result in blood.
[19:14] stillsostrange: hee
[19:14] stillsostrange: that always works for me
[19:14] matociquala: I think I am settling on seaweedy and metal-sweet.
[19:15] matociquala: the internets think it's umami-sweet-metallic
[19:16] stillsostrange: I think this razor is dull
[19:16] stillsostrange: or I really suck at this
[19:17] matociquala: We fail self-injury
[19:17] stillsostrange: yes
[19:17] stillsostrange: I lose at the blood-letting
[19:18] matociquala: Nobody thinks blood is salty.
[19:18] matociquala: vampire fiction lies.
[19:19] stillsostrange: oh woes
[19:19] stillsostrange: I'm going to blame this on the razor
[19:20] stillsostrange: But I can probably use it to take off my old flaking window stickers. :P
[19:20] stillsostrange: I'll surely cut myself doing that
[19:20] matociquala: Report back, if you do.


So, what do you say? Has anybody here ever coughed up a nice lungful of bright red froth? Because that's what I need to describe....

(gee, and I wonder why Rien wouldn't give me an opening line.)

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Because I am ever curious, I have tasted my own blood when I've nicked or cut myself. Mine has always been metallic or possibly even iron-y more than anything, and I'd probably use salty as that last word to describe it.

I think you should do a poll. "What does blood taste like to you?"

Yes, post-nasal-surgery. I'd have to say metallic, with a hint of sweetness. Didn't notice any saltiness.

It's also how I can tell that I've gone from a spot of congestion to full-blown bronchitis - when what I'm coughing up tastes like blood, I've coughed hard enough to scrape my throat/lungs, and that always tastes metallic.

Hope this helps. :)
Hmm. Best I can do is sinus blood being hawked. Sweet tinge with a metallic hint. Sort of salty but as much meaty as salty. Not nearly as salty as salt water. Hope that helps.
definitely metallic but I'm not sure about iron or copper. I can't think of anything lying around the house that's just iron - cast iron pan is too seasoned to taste the metal.

Wound-blood is copper-sweet.
nosebleed blood is salty.
coughed-up blood tastes like bile (i.e. really disgusting, thin, and sour).

IME, anyway.
In my opinion too. I have tasted (involuntarily, of course) all three.
The froth cools quickly. Warm at first, and then cold. I note the temperature more than the taste.
A tangy, metallic sweetness. No salt, that I recall. But it's always metallic, which could be a side effect of smell more than anything else. Then again, a fair portion of taste is actually really smell, so perhaps I shouldn't be drawing a hard distinction like that.
Here is what I remember about nosebleed-blood that hasn't been said already: the taste is very flat, and it tastes in the front of my mouth very much, even though it's coming at least as much from postnasal drip blood in the back of my mouth. It's present in the back. It just doesn't taste as much. It mostly tastes in the upper front, actually, like if the taste gets as far down as my front teeth, that's far.
everything -- everything -- is grist for the mill. The pretty and the pain alike.
In my experience--and this is just my own personal experience, here, and thus not the nice fatal kinda blood-coughing--the blood one coughs up is musty-sweet on account of all the other lungstuff that comes up with it. Lung-fluids are dusty-musty-nasty-choky things. Dirties the blood, makes it kinda like dead flowers.
And agreeing with above poster--kinda bitter. There's always the rust-undercurrent, and the thin sweetness of it, and blood has never tasted salty to me.
LOL!
LOL, UMAMI?? That's a word I haven't heard in the longest time. Last time I heard it they were referring to miso soup being "just like mom use to make." Not sure how that fits into the taste of blood. But still reminds me of my time at Japanese camp.

Hmm, I looked it up and wow, weird. I wonder if I just got the Japanese culture/slang definition and not the literal one or if I was just told something completely off. Still neat.

-Diana
I have nothing to add on the blood front, but may I say that I'm in awe of how appropriate your icon is for this post. I laughed so hard I scared the cat.
*g* I was pretty pleased.
I was kicked in the face by a horse when I was eight. That tasted metallic-sweet.

Can't help you with the hacking up froth, though...
For what it's worth, I had hemmorhagic pneumonia and coughed up blood for a couple of weeks a while back (years ago, now). Tasted mostly metallic, actually, when it wasn't too diluted by saliva. Sharp taste, is what I would call it.
Oh, perfect. Thank you.

Um.

And sorry about the, you know, coughing up blood.
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