Monday, June 26, 2006

Hex-actly the right words?

Being a lover of words -- but not a philologist -- I present you with a few longish ones today. What do you think of this trio:
  • Over at wikipedia, there's Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

  • Next there's Antidisestablishmentarianism -- an oldie but a goodie (hint: start off by understanding the meaning of "establishmentarianism")

  • Then there's Dibromothymolsulphonphthalein (a.k.a. "Bromthymol Blue", or BTB, because of its intense blue color). Used in chemistry as an indicator. Formula: C27H28Br2O5S ... I've been out of the chemistry profession for over 35 years, so I had to look it up, but its modern chemical name is: 3,3”-Dibromothymolsulphonephthalein
Looking forward to your contributions!

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