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#1 2014-07-01 09:18:07

Peter Forster
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'full gamma of' for 'full gamut of'

Perhaps the idea is that unusually penetrative rays reveal more, or some blurry connection between gamma and spectrum is at play. Science, innit? For a brief moment my heart leapt as I anticipated full gamma dove – a heavy-duty version of a coal-mine canary, but it was not to be.

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The connection between gamma and gamut was once much closer, as this entry from the Online Etymological Dictionary reveals:

gamut (n.)
1520s, originally, “lowest note in the medieval musical scale,” in the system of notation devised by Guido d’Arezzo, contraction of Medieval Latin gamma ut, from gamma, the Greek letter, indicating a note below A, + ut, the low note on the six-note musical scale that took names from corresponding syllables in a Latin hymn for St. John the Baptist’s Day:
Ut queant laxis resonare fibris
Mira gestorum famuli tuorum
Solve polluti labii reatum,
etc. Gamut came to be used for “the whole musical scale;” the figurative sense of “entire scale or range” of anything is first recorded 1620s. When the modern octave scale was set early 16c., si was added, changed to ti in Britain and U.S. to keep the syllables as different from each other as possible. Ut later was replaced by more sonorous do (n.).

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#2 2014-07-02 11:31:51

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
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Re: 'full gamma of' for 'full gamut of'

The most common use of gamma today might be as the range of intensity displayed by an image in Photochop, or the gamut of your computer screen. The contrast. So the full gamma of makes a crisp eggcorn, if they can be said to be crisp. Very nice. I see that gamut is defined in Wikipedia as the complete subset of colours in computing and photography. That blends very closely with the gamma.

prices for wedding vehicles can run the gamma from extremely pricey to pricey.
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#3 2014-07-03 00:29:34

DavidTuggy
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Re: 'full gamma of' for 'full gamut of'

Yes, I hadn’t thought of that connection, Tocayo, but felt there was one there. If we can get a perp to confess that will seal the nail in the coffin, I think.


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we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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