Sunday, July 29, 2007

"-ics" and "-isms"

If you google autism experts, you get 19,000 hits. If you google autistic experts, you get something like 55 hits, many of which are "autism experts" in disguise. It's all a matter of semantics.

The thing about the Hub, there are many autistic experts here. They are experts in realizing the gifts and downfalls of autism. Autism experts pretty much have the "out damn spot" mentality.

It's something about "ics".

American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary - Cite This Source


1. Of, relating to, or characterized by (emphasis mine): carbonic.
2. Having a valence higher than that of a specified element in compounds or ions named with adjectives ending in -ous: ferric.
3. Of or relating to an acid: sulfuric acid.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Dyslexic, Aphasic, Dysgraphic, Dyscalculalic, Ataxic, I'm going to leave now to see if there is an "-ic" for left-handedness, a way of being that is punished (-Icky???) by virtue of being different.

Here it is...

Left-handedness was often interpreted as a sign of Satanic (emphasis mine) influence, and thus prohibited. Many examples can be found in the Christian-Greek scriptures in which the wicked or evil sit at the left hand of God, while the righteous sit at the right hand of God, during the Last Judgment. The Inuit also believed that every left-handed person was a sorcerer.

Okay, now let's go into "-ism"

The first recorded usage of the suffix ism as a separate word in its own right was in 1680. By the nineteenth century it was being used by Thomas Carlyle to signify a pre-packaged ideology. It was later used in this sense by such writers as Julian Huxley and George Bernard Shaw.

Behaviorism, Nazism, Autism (a pre-packaged ideology???), Liberalism, Conservatism, ...

It occurs to me that it was not people, per se, but an "ideology", an academic basis of thought (NT's must have a plan to follow...) that began in Psychiatric circles that led to T4.

I'd rather be an "-ic" than an "-ism" follower.

Has anyone ever noticed how full of sh*t I am? I am almost embarrassed to post these "stream of conciousness" thoughts, but if I didn't, I wouldn't have much to say...

Well, anyhow, I am just thinking of how different my world is, how much less "tragic" (I'm not going to stay focused...) my live with Ben is because of "ics" over "isms"

For shame...maybe I should up my medication....


Andrea - Tucson, AZ said...

Wow, now I know what was swishing in my head but couldn't quite put my finger on. I'm an auxiliary member of the "-ic" club that my son Aaron belongs to. And just like every other member, we pay our dues daily.
I'm proud to have a son who is an "-Icy". He, along with his fellow brothers and sisters are not jaded or easily manipulated.(The manipulation part definitely can be a downer.) It's just those qualities that all parents hope their children will carry with them through out their life. Our kids will.
And...he's a "lefty" to boot!

Anonymous said...

From wikipedia sinister:

In many European languages, "right" is not only a synonym for correctness, but also stands for authority and justice: German and Dutch, recht, French, droit, Spanish, derecho; in most Slavic languages the root prav is used in words carrying meanings of correctness or justice. Being right-handed has also historically been thought of as being skillful: the Latin word for right-handed is "dexter", as in dexterity; indeed, the Spanish term diestro means both "right-handed" and "skillful". In Irish, "deas" means "right side" and "nice". "Ciotóg" is the left hand and is related to "ciotach" meaning "awkward"[14].
Meanwhile, the English word "sinister" comes from the Latin word "sinister,-tra,-trum", which originally meant "left" but took on meanings of "evil" or "unlucky" by the Classical Latin era. Alternatively, "sinister" comes from the Latin word sinus meaning "pocket": a traditional Roman toga had only one pocket, located on the left side for the convenience of a right-handed wearer.[citation needed] The contemporary Italian word sinistra has both meanings of sinister and left. The Spanish siniestra has both, too, although the 'left' meaning is less common and is usually expressed by 'izquierda,'[15] a Basque word. The German word for left is links, and the adjective link in German has the meaning of "slyly" or "devious", while linken means "to betray" or "to cheat" (sb.).

Casdok said...

I loved your waffling!!!!

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