Archive for November, 2010


Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Ichthyo- prefix for fish (i.e. a sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus )

Orthodontics- the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention or correction of irregularities of the teeth

th- a phoneme that replaces the “s” sound in interdental lisps

Sometimes those who get braces have lisps until they learn to better navigate their new dental situation.  Sheepshead are a kind of fish that have disturbingly human-like “incisoform” teeth.  If there were a field of dentistry that involved putting braces onto sheepshead, it would be called ichthyorthodontics.

If pronounced by a sheepshead with a braces-induced lisp, we’d get the title of this drawing, Ichthyorthodonticth, which has the greatest number of voiceless dental fricatives I’ve ever put into a titular neologism, which illustrates how much of an insufferable smart-ass I can be.

Heck, with the last syllable being identical to the first, I should just print up a long row of these images and call it Ichthyorthodonticthyorthodonticthyorthodonticthyorthodonticthyorthodonticth.