Wednesday, January 04, 2006

English words that can be spelled

in the symbols of the periodic table (26812 of them) at the excellently named "Nandor's Exhaustive Chemical Words Page". Link via Language Log / MetaxuCafe. Bonus literary links: Primo Levi's The Periodic Table (one of the best books ever written, a must-read if you haven't already read it); Michael Gordin's A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitri Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Period Table (I haven't read this, but I meant to get it when it first came out, and must get hold of it now I've been reminded).

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