Magazine article Word Ways

More Elementary Improvements

Magazine article Word Ways

More Elementary Improvements

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In Elementary Transadditions (February 2006), Darryl Francis lists the shortest transadditions he could find of 122 element names. These are a mixture of his own, recent, words and words documented as elementary transadditions in previous articles, including Ed Wolpow's Chemical Improvements (May 1995). A joint article, Elementary Improvements, by Jeremy Morse and Ed Wolpow (Feb. 1978), not mentioned by Darryl, includes three examples which actually improve on Darryl's current list, specifically NUMMULARIA (for ALUMINUM), SPHEROPHORUS (for PHOSPHORUS) and an optimal transaddition HUMANIFY (for HAFNIUM). In offering further improvements, I list just one example for each element name although, in some cases, several were found. Words can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition unless stated otherwise. Locations, taken from The United States Board on Geographic Names, are identified by country, nz = Nomenclator Zoologicus; Web2 = Webster's Second Edition

OPTIMAL TRANSADDITIONS--these have a single letter added.

ACTINIUM--ANTI-MUSIC

ALUMINIUM--NALUMILUMI (Fiji)

ALUMINUM--ALUMINIUM

BERKELIUM--BUKLERIMEN (Norway)

CHROMIUM--CHROMICUM

EUROPIUM--CURIPEUMO (Chile)

FRANCIUM--INFRACTUM (Chambers)

GADOLINIUM-MOUDIENGILA (CongoR)

GERMANIUM-MEIORGANUM (nz)

HOLMIUM--OUMMILHA (Tunisia)

IRIDIUM--DILIRIUM

MANGANESE--MANGASTENE

MEITNERIUM--INTERMEDIUM

MERCURY--MERCURYE

NIOBIUM--IMBUTION

PALLADIUM--PULLAMBADI (India)

PHOSPHORUS--PHOSPHOROUS

PROMETHIUM--PRIM-MOUTHED

RUBIDIUM--MURUBINDI (Burundi)

SELENIUM--LUMINESCE

TECHNETIUM--MOUCHINETTE

THULIUM--ITHUMULA (Kenya)

TITANIUM--MILITAUNT

(Haiti)

Not included in Darryl's list: PROACTINIUM--PROTACTINIUM

NON-OPTIMAL TRANSADDITIONS--these have 2 or more letters added. …

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