Colloquy.Ed Wolpow writes "Nice to see the elementary names once again in Word Ways. Two improvements are possible for the transadditions list (discovered with the help of the Franklin Crossword Puzzle Solver): ALUMINUM transadds to NUMMULARIA, and HAFNIUM to HUMANIFY." He notes that Webster's Third lists additional variant names for elements such as ALABAMINE, MASURIUM, VIRGINIUM, EKA-CESIUM and DVI-MANGANESE, not to mention the well-known QUICKSILVER. Of these words MASURIUM transadds to MARSUPIUM marsupium
pl. marsupia [L.] pouch; the scrotum. .
Jeremy Morse offers the following coinages to fill Darryl Francis's gaps:
KURCHATOVIUM kurchatovium (kûr'chətō`vēəm), symbol Ku, former suggested name for element 104, now called rutherfordium. Tchaikovsky's church music
MENDELEVIUM mendelevium (mĕndəlāv`ēəm), artificially produced radioactive chemical element; symbol Md; at. no. 101; mass no. of most stable isotope 258; m.p. 827°C;; b.p. and sp. gr. unknown; valence +1, +2, +3. eleven medium [a shoe size]
JOLIOTIUM joliotium (zhōlyō`shēəm), symbol Jl, former suggested name for element 105, now called dubnium. majority in council [Byron, 1 Foscari, I, 1,370]
RUTHERFORDIUM rutherfordium (rŭth'ərfôr`dēəm), artificially produced radioactive chemical element; symbol Rf; at. no. 104; mass number of most stable isotope 261; m.p., b.p., and sp. gr. unknown; valence +4. mid-fourth quarter [economic jargon]
[Latin nus, one; see union + Latin n four million six hundred
[Latin nus, one; see union + Latin n multiple punning
UNNILQUADIUM unqualified bunkum bun·kum also bun·combe
Empty or insincere talk; claptrap.
[After Buncombe, a county of western North Carolina, from a remark made around 1820 by its congressman, who felt obligated to [how some readers may classify these offerings!]
However, Susan Thorpe in "More Elementary Improvements" elsewhere in this issue has supplied actual transadditions for four of these!
Writes Anil "I especially liked the Meaningful Offspring article which, unremarked, included several pairs that were cognates of the parent word, a few of which I had already noted in my anagram studies. I was also amused, in her Shifts progress article, to find that meaningless word play can turn up hidden truths: in prime number shifts (page 14) she exposed a not-so-well-kept secret (see page 42) that ANIL shifts to LAZE laze
v. lazed, laz·ing, laz·es
To be lazy; loaf: laze around the house.
v.tr. ! (Shiftless shift·less
a. Lacking ambition or purpose; lazy: a shiftless student.
b. Characterized by a lack of ambition or energy: studied in a shiftless way. , actually.)"
The Ibar River in Serbia, mentioned in "An Alphabet Reversal Verse", unfortunately does not run clear--it is contaminated by runoff from a huge waste pile belonging to a former lead processing plant!
Rex Gooch fills in holes in "Enlarging English Tautonyms The following is a list of tautonyms: taxonomic names in which the genus and species names are the same. These are allowed in zoology, but not in botany, where the genus and species names must differ (though differences as small as one letter are permitted, as in the Jujube " with NIMA place names: ManaQ or PapaQ, RoroF or TataF or ZazaF, TomatomaX, XhaxhaJ or MamaJ or NanaJ; AnbarQanbar or NaQna or UeQue, NiZni or HoZho (name of a Navaho god). The Tomatomax discovery is especially nice, located under tailor 6a in the OED, in an 1888 quote citing the bluefish bluefish, voracious marine fish of the family Pomatomidae, resembling the pompano but more closely related to the sea basses. Bluefish are found in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic. They average 30 in. (Yomatomax Saltatrix).
Oops! In "Selfish, Selfless, and Equable Words" divisibilite and invisibilitie should have been classified as 5 x i. In "Enlarging English Tautonyms" replace BERIBERIC with ERBER, and BRERE with SUPERSUPERB. Anil noted both of these goofs.
Responding to Raymond Love's Feb 2006 Colloquy question [Will Anil accept any of the following combinations of synonymic verbs to form one noun that is not synonymic: see/saw, down/fall, eye/witness, drum/beat?], Anil replies: "They fit the recipe in a sense, but they all have weaknesses. I liked see/saw best but the two halves are not synonyms, merely forms of the same word. The other three pairs form nouns whose meanings I'd take to be the same as the verbs except for part of speech. That is, aren't fall, witness and beat also nouns that mean essentially the same as their longer words--downfall, eyewitness, drumbeat? I offer a new example, bomb/shell. I refer of course to the figurative senses of bombshell as a high-impact surprise or an unusually attractive woman (figuratively speaking)."
Joli Quentin Kansil writes "I enjoyed the November 2005 issue as it paid tribute to Dmitri Borgmann, whom I corresponded with avidly in the 1960s and 1970s. I think I may have told you before that I 'almost' met him. This was [before 1973, when Dmitri moved to Dayton]. We talked on the phone and made an exact time and date for meeting when I came to Chicago. I took either a local train or cab to his place and rang the bell--no answer. I tried calling. No answer. Only later did I find out that he met no one in his later years. Why then, did he confirm our appointment to meet me? Perhaps, he really did want to meet me, but got cold feet at the last hour? I'll never know, but I took it personally and chose not to correspond with him any more."
Jeff Grant writes "I see Michael Helsem has posted a joky definition for ANTELARITY [a coinage in Jeff's 10-square in the Nov 1995 Word Ways] on a neologisms website."
Rex Gooch writes regarding "The Best Ten-Squares" in this issue: "The big breakthrough I made was to understand what was needed to make a 10-square, or, for that matter, any other size of square. That's why you saw some perfect 9-squares, a shot at 11-squares, but will not see any attempt at 12-squares. I had seen the very slow progress over many years of a number of people, and despite being pushed, would not start on a task I could not finish. I would not keep piling in words, then running a program in the hope of finding a square. When I was finally ready, I set things up so that I would have a good number of squares in a reasonable amount of time. To get to this point involved a lot of trials using Chris Long's formula with different sets of words (and a great deal of typing!). So finally I knew that I could get pure placename squares, but there was not the slightest chance of getting a headword head·word
1. A word, phrase, or name, usually set in boldface or other distinctive type, that serves as the heading for an entry in a dictionary, encyclopedia, or similar reference work. Also called entry word.
2. square. For the first time, someone was confident of exactly what was needed for any size of square, and (in particular) knew exactly why Ted Clarke's approach could not succeed.
"As you comment on this in your last paragraph, let me be explicit. Roughly, the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary
(OED) great multi-volume historical dictionary of English. [Br. Hist.: Caught in the Web of Words]
See : Lexicography has 500,000 headwords, or 50,000 10-letter headwords. To get one or two squares would need 250,000, i.e. another 100 volumes! Not the slightest chance, even if we allow derived and variant forms. Adding Collins, Chambers, Webster's and Funk & Wagnalls hardly makes any dent in the problem. Moreover, if the English language adds 5000 words (500 10-letter words) per year, we need 400 years like this!"