A to Z Challenge 2013

Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Gammicism

Today's word is actually very ironic given it's meaning.  The word is Gammicism and it means:

Having difficulty or being unable to pronounce the letters 'g' or 'k'

It's kind of funny that the word starts with the same letter those afflicted by it cannot pronounce.  These type of people have a disability and they can't even name it.

Along similar lines, have you ever thought about how you would describe an orange's color to someone who was born blind or who has never seen the color orange?  Imagine for example, an alien race that only sees in black and white.  What do you say?

"Well, it's....orange..."

Okay, I drifted off track for a moment, but it's just one of things that makes you think.  Just looking at the word Gammicism makes me think of some kind of religious sect that worship nuclear explosions.  Like the mutated humans in Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.  Maybe they were actually followers of a different definition of Gammicism - nuclear missile worship.

Oh, and if you didn't check out yesterday's word, it got a great deal of attention.   Just goes to show you how a slight difference in spelling catches everyone's eye.

So what does this G word make you think of?

2 comments:

Joseph said...

In following with a previously established theme of harmless words that sound vile...

gesticulate

Eric - What makes Beneath the Planet of the Apes so stinking memorable? Was it the translucent skin on all those Gammacites? Their overtly phallic idol? I know, it was the image of Charlton Heston clutching the bullet hole in his chest as he pushes the lever and blows the whole planet to hell. Thanks for the memory!

Joseph said...

In following with a previously established theme of harmless words that sound vile...

gesticulate

Eric - What makes Beneath the Planet of the Apes so stinking memorable? Was it the translucent skin on all those Gammacites? Their overtly phallic idol? I know, it was the image of Charlton Heston clutching the bullet hole in his chest as he pushes the lever and blows the whole planet to hell. Thanks for the memory!