Thursday, May 6, 2010

Side Project: Periodic Symbol Words

Once upon a time I fell deeply in love with the periodic elements, the table, Dmitri Mendeleev, the symbols, everything. I have several other side projects that involve the elements, but this little one comes from the fact that I once sat in a classroom to the right of center so that I was right in front of a poster of the elements, not the teacher. It made me remember that years before I had tried to make as many dirty words as I could out of the periodic symbols. Anyway, at one point I had a philosophy class in this clasroom and I spelled FEuErBaCH which looks impressive.

Recently I started collecting this list of words that can be spelled with the element symbols on wordnik under the tag "periodic symbol words."

I also recently found a seller on who seems to specialize in element-related jewelry named ShopGibberish.

Anyway, this is a running interest in my life, and during these recent events it occurred to me that it is possible to spell the names of elements with symbols from other elements (sometimes using the symbol of the element itself, which is fine) The challenge is that most elements end in "-um" and that is not a possibly combination in the symbols. In the end, I was able to create 10/118 elements out of symbols. Here is my proof: