The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Charlie! » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:08 pm UTC

I think that monikers can be sciencey without being obscure (see trimethylphenylalanine or whatever). And it helps if you throw in "quantum" somewhere.

Sicencey: wave equation.
Sciencier: quantum wave equation.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby joecentric » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:32 am UTC

taby wrote:
joecentric wrote:... je ne se qua.



"Je ne sais quoi". ;)



Crap! I only just saw this - there goes my modicum of cool (I only really know how to order food in other languages). Thanks for the lesson, though.

Cool words!


Thanks - and je ne sais beverage to you, my friend.


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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Lumpy » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:57 am UTC

"Juno," as in the asteroid "3 Juno," is the solar system body with the space-iest name to me. Switch its name with Saturn's and it couldn't exemplify "IN SPACE" more than that. Vesta and Neptune are second and third, but don't come close.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby dragon » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:24 am UTC

sphygmomanometer - the common blood pressure measuring device that is rarely referred to by its actual name.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby thecommabandit » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:03 pm UTC

Malbert wrote:I was just touting my love for SI units because I live in the united states where people like to tell the temperature in Fahrenheit, energy in foot pounds, pressure in pounds per square inch, or density in {ounces per cubic inch, pounds for gallon, tons per cubic yard} take your pick! Want to convert between them? good luck!

"Le Système International d'Unités, do you speak it?" I always want to scream that at the weather channel, or car commercials, etc.

On topic because the archaic system doesn't sound sciencey either. Just wordy and difficult.

It still confuses me as to why the US hasn't converted over. Metric makes so much more sense since almost everything goes in tens - I think time is the only exception. I once tried to make a time system that was metric above the second, but to make it work I'd've had to redefine the second which obviously makes things a lot more complicated.

But anyway, metric units sound so much cooler and more sciency that imperial. Compare "pascals" with "pounds per square inch/PSI". And I just love saying the unit for momentum: kilogram-metres per second.

Wait, since when do they use foot pounds for energy? That's fucked up. Joules for the win.

Charlie! wrote:I think that monikers can be sciencey without being obscure (see trimethylphenylalanine or whatever). And it helps if you throw in "quantum" somewhere.

Sicencey: wave equation.
Sciencier: quantum wave equation.


Scienciest: quantum trimethylphenylalanine?
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby schmiggen » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:13 pm UTC

thecommabandit wrote:Scienciest: quantum trimethylphenylalanine?


Scienciester: quantum dimethylethylphenylalanine wave equation?

I couldn't tell from most of the thread, but are we still talking about sciency-sounding words, or sciency-sounding phrases, or are they interchangable in this context?
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Postby thecommabandit » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:35 pm UTC

Interchangeable. I mean "resonance hybrids" isn't one word and that was the first example I gave.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby schmiggen » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:03 am UTC

*nods*

I always liked "nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy." Has a kind of a ring to it :P.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Random Geek » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:31 pm UTC

Quantum Chronodynamics

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Sungura » Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:26 pm UTC

faunablues wrote:phosphatidylcholine

(i know so many people who can't say it, including the cell biology professor.)

(though i guess it really belongs on a list of "unpronounceable sciencey words")


Really? One of the things I love about chem words is they are super easy to figure out how to pronounce! It's not rocket science...okay maybe sometimes haha. But ya just gotta break it down.

Okay my word: hydroxydecadionic acid.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby b.i.o » Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:43 am UTC

spongiform encephalopathy

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Nomic » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:41 am UTC

Einsteain-Rosenberg Bridge. I think that's the technical name for wormholes. Actual chemical name for any ingrediend in you'r food does too.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Actaeus » Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:05 pm UTC

Nomic wrote:ingrediend in you'r food

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Fat Tony » Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:56 pm UTC

I think an interesting spin would be the most sciencey-sounding word/phrase synonymous with a simple one in common usage.
Example: Water = Dihydrogen monoxide (not very interesting, but you get the idea).
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Mr. Beck » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:00 pm UTC

"Smilodon" is, in my opinion, the most appropriate scientific name ever.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Sungura » Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:25 pm UTC

How about dichloromethane & methylene chloride?? You can confuse a lot of people with those two (or is it, that one?? HAHA!)
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:22 pm UTC

quantum electromagnetic hydrodynamics, for me.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Tachyon » Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:17 am UTC

Dobblesworth wrote:Tachyon's quite nice and sciencey I reckon.



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My dad has told me a lot of things that are really sciency. He can answer basically any question - especially about physics - that I can come up with.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby iop » Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:20 am UTC

straightjacket is required for the synaptic stabilization of cacophony, a
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Korandder » Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:26 am UTC

'A nonlinear magnetohydrodynamical process'
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby bigglesworth » Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:13 pm UTC

Is that in the same field as what I posted?
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Andle » Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:04 pm UTC

Krocsyldiphithic (Not a real word, but it sure sounds sciencey :P)

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby justaman » Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:35 pm UTC

Malbert wrote:
Trimethoxyphenethylamine. Pretty sweet you might say.


Chuckle. Don't think it is sweet though.

How about "Quantum thermodynamics"?

or "epistemology"
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby spdqbr » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:29 am UTC

A mathy one:
Poincaré homology topology

This also qualifies as the sexiest thing I've ever heard a woman say...(Very attractive woman with a very attractive accent in my topology course)
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:14 pm UTC

Charlie! wrote:I think that monikers can be sciencey without being obscure (see trimethylphenylalanine or whatever). And it helps if you throw in "quantum" somewhere.

Sicencey: wave equation.
Sciencier: quantum wave equation.


Most sciency (or rather, technobabbly): Quantum wave flux.
You can also turn it into a sci-fi prop by adding auxiliary and manifold: Auxiliary quantum wave flux manifold.
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Postby Upsilon » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:15 am UTC

"Cancellation of the Higgs boson quadratic mass renormalization between fermionic top quark loop and scalar stop squark tadpole Feynman diagrams in a supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model."

Go Wikipedia article on supersymmetry.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Æshættr » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:29 am UTC

Since reading Cryptonomicon, my favorite science-y sounding word is plesiosynchronous, which means "nearly happening at the same time/nearly simultaneous", it can also be used to describe a group of computers working at similar network/processing speeds.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Arancaytar » Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:28 pm UTC

See, now I have to read Cryptonomicon a fifth time to catch that word.

Also, "morphogenetic field".
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Master Gunner » Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:40 pm UTC

Arancaytar wrote:Also, "morphogenetic field".

Or: Auxiliary quantum morphogenetic field flux manifold wave potential (with reversed polarity).

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby bigglesworth » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:56 am UTC

Arancaytar wrote:See, now I have to read Cryptonomicon a fifth time to catch that word.


Doesn't Enoch Root say it when they're in prison?
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Postby Ended » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:10 pm UTC

Killing vector.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Klotz » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:31 pm UTC

I like "strange anti-charm" although it's not very sciency sounding.

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby Mr. Beck » Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:42 am UTC

Sonoluminescence. (Light from sound- Wiki it to learn of the awesomeness.)

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Various Varieties » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:20 pm UTC

My general relativity lecturer was introducing us to the Kerr solution, and summarised that (IIRC) it could be found by introducing Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates to the Schwarzchild solution, using complex numbers, and then noticing that the solution was symmetrical under time-reversal (?... I'm probably remembering that bit wrong), implying that it's the solution for a rotating body. No doubt that was a simplification and not quite the way it really happened, but I loved the phrase he used to summarise it:

Complexifying the advanced Eddington-Finkelstein coordinates

Bacause as if being advanced wasn't enough, then you have to go a step further and complexify them too! :mrgreen:


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If you can pronounce everything on the ingredient list, you win a prize. Even chemists might have a bit of trouble. >_>

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby ericthesalmon » Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:15 am UTC

Liquid Crystal Phases are the best:

Nematic
Discotic
Smectic

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Postby ikkleste » Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:35 pm UTC

I used to work on an "Inductively coupled plasma - optical emission specrometer"

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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby JMAC » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:57 pm UTC

I think My personal favorite is Large Hadron Collider. there is just so much potential destruction lurking in those 3 words.

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Postby Calpin » Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:44 pm UTC

On a related note, synchro-cyclotron is one of my favourites.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby MotorToad » Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:34 pm UTC

I've always liked the sound of one of the least sciencey words ever: Phrenology. When you bring it up in conversation most people have heard it but don't recognize it, so they don't immediately dismiss you as an idiot. :D

"Microcentury," though, is my new favorite. I love how people discuss distance in units of time, and this has to be the best unit of time! "Five microcenturies to Gramma's house!"
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard

Postby bentheimmigrant » Fri Apr 25, 2008 9:34 pm UTC

I like "zeolites". I had a bizarre Russian lecturer who only wanted to talk about them... We had to do a report for him on "dehydroisomerisation"... It seems that my Firefox spell check complains about those.

I find it strange that quantum physics is cutting edge, but a lot of quantum names either sound like an ambiguous insult (boson anyone?) or a hallucination (charm quarks?)
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