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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 7th December 2021
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haptic HAP-tik

Relating to touch, being more dependent on tactile than visual sensory input.

Visually handicapped pupils can certainly be trained to use their other senses very effectively in listening, tactile, and haptic skills.

J.M. Stone, The Visually Handicapped Child in Your Classroom (Special Needs in Ordinary Schools). Amazon

To start a haptic communication you need to be within "arm's reach", which is more than just an idiomatic expression, but defines a special spatial relationship. You touch to experience, to acquire knowledge, but when another is involved you also touch to communicate. Without thinking you transfer information. We even use the phrase "keep in touch" as a metaphor for speaking in the near future.

Mark Lythgoe, Guardian, 9 July 2005. Guardian

With that in mind, he pulled up a chair and sat directly facing the gourd. It was no longer afire, but it was very pretty and very friendly, and Switters felt compelled to caress its haptic contours.

Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates. Amazon

The most advanced systems use electronic power steering to push the steering wheel slightly in the safe direction that would keep the car in its lane, an interaction called haptic feedback.

Tim Moran, The New York Times, 11 March 2007. New York Times

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