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.


3 Responses to “ththtthththththt”

  1. jane says:

    i wonder if this fish has dreams about his teeth falling out.

  2. kd says:

    probably the most contrived image of the set… but, lisps ARE funny.

  3. Arius says:

    Yes, the concept behind it is definitely the most forced, based mostly on the disturbing images of sheepshead I’ve seen on the Internet over the years. Of course, most fishermen that live on the Gulf of Mexico have caught and eaten the fish regularly, but we don’t get exposed to their skulls in Chicago.

    However, an old colleague said, “The ichtyordontich drawing is really dimensional, one of my favorites.” So it might technically be one of my better ones, if not conceptually.

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