At that point, I headed straight for the internet to see what others had come up with.
Constructing words from Periodic Table symbols would appear to be quite a popular exercise (see the links below) and it generates some interesting results. For example, if you take the liberty of including the symbols D (for deuterium) and T (for tritium), did you know that there are (at least) two words that can be constructed that contain twenty three letters (INTERSUBSTITUTABILITIES, meaning the ability of people or objects to be substitutedbetween different e.g. locations) and NONREPRESENTATIONALISMS, meaning practices of art that are not based on representational (i.e. based on a real item or person) art, apparently. And who would have known that the longest word you can construct using just single letter element symbols is the seventeen-letter PHOTOCONDUCTIVITY? For the record, the longest word that can be made using the two letter symbols is IRREPRESSIBILITIES (18 letters). At the other end of the scale, there are a few, oft-used four letter words that can also be constructed, but I shall leave the subject there!
Now armed with an abundant source of possible words, I set about generating a second quiz for the user meeting and while doing so discovered that THERMO FISHER can also be generated from the Periodic Table symbols. If I ever discover an element, I’ll give it the symbol En just so that I can construct SCIENTIFIC as well!
If you’d like to have a go at the quizzes, I’ve attached them below. Each square in the quiz grids contains one letter so that, for example, the answer to ‘A popular household pet’ would be written as C A t (using the symbols for carbon (C) and astatine (At)). To help you out, I’ve listed all the symbols that are used in the answers at the bottom of each grid. If you work out all the answers, let me know by commenting on this post. I’d also be interested to hear your suggestions for other words that can be generated from the Periodic Table symbols. Have fun!
More words based on the Periodic Table symbols and other interesting facts about these words can be found at:
If all this talk of elements has piqued your curiosity about elemental analysis, you can find out how we do this at https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home/industrial/spectroscopy-elemental-isotope-analysis.html