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

Postby numb7rs » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Damnit, electrolysis was going to be my one. It sounds better said with a Russian accent for some reason.

How about Centrino? I know it's a brand name, but it was probably designed to sound science-y in the first place.

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

Postby MalaysianShrew » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:03 am UTC

I can't believe no one mentioned Flux Capacitor.

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

Postby Iv » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:07 am UTC

Just grab something from the post-modern noosphere : "Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity"

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

Postby tendays » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:59 pm UTC

antonfire wrote:Classical mechanics, GR, and QFT?

QFT. (Sorry, couldn't let that one pass. Please don't ban me for off-topic-edness)
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Thixotropic » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:41 am UTC

MalaysianShrew wrote:I can't believe no one mentioned Flux Capacitor.




I was just going to say flux capacitor. It's 1.21 GigaWatts of Awesome.

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

Postby Actaeus » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:58 am UTC

Thixotropic wrote:
MalaysianShrew wrote:I can't believe no one mentioned Flux Capacitor.




I was just going to say flux capacitor. It's 1.21 JiggaWatts of Awesome.

Corrected.

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

Postby cypherspace » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:32 am UTC

Actaeus wrote:
Thixotropic wrote:
MalaysianShrew wrote:I can't believe no one mentioned Flux Capacitor.

I was just going to say flux capacitor. It's 1.21 JiggaWatts of Awesome.

Corrected.

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

Postby StevieWonderMk2 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:05 pm UTC

Osseointegration. Gets bonus marks in that nobody knows for sure how it works.

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

Postby Erin45 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:00 am UTC

Biosynthetic Decarboxylation -Splitting off of a carboxyl group from a compound, in this case (the biosynthesis part) usually an amino acid into an amine or any similar process. Gloriously complicated term for a really boring process, but it makes me feel smart whenever I say it. Of course I make a point to be studying that particular section of my bio book whenever non-bio nerds are around.

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

Postby faunablues » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:04 pm UTC

phosphatidylcholine

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

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

i go for anything with "quantum" "flux" and any word with uncommon latin prefixes.

how about nuclear magnetic resonance imaging? nothing like the expanded version of MRI. or alternatively, the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. That thing's graphs take a special secret language to read, I swear. It's like the kids who made up rules to handball (but if you're aromatic, you can get as many special peaks as you want! psssh.)

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

Postby Actaeus » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:22 pm UTC

cypherspace wrote:
Actaeus wrote:
Thixotropic wrote:
MalaysianShrew wrote:I can't believe no one mentioned Flux Capacitor.

I was just going to say flux capacitor. It's 1.21 JiggaWatts of Awesome.

Corrected.

I hope you're not serious.

Pronunciated of "gigawatt" in Back to the Future. Nobody says giga- with a soft g anymore.

On Topic: "Antiquark" is pretty awesome.

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

Postby thecommabandit » Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:48 pm UTC

Whoa, I totally forgot I made this thread! Lots of sciency words around here.

A few days ago I was talking to a friend about what the hell she was doing with her chemistry book (I needed to copy up and didn't know what the hell "benzyne" was =P) and I said something like "Benzene's just electronically delocalised cyclohexa-3-ene isn't it?".

We lol'd.

Pretty much any fairly complicated organic molecule sounds very sciency, like 1,4 methoxybenzoic acid. I saw an electron density map of it today while I sat gormless in my chemistry room, wondering why ten minutes of the lesson had gone and no-one as there yet. It was cancelled =/
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Dyakson » Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:44 pm UTC

ducksan wrote:
evilbeanfiend wrote:anything from a shampoo advert :roll:


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

I was trying to find the Dead Ringers health drink sketch: "Contains bananactyl to increase your bioactive protozones by up to 70%" but found this instead.

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

Postby Banksy » Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:55 pm UTC

Even if it's not that obscure, I love 'Quantum Electro-dynamics'
Super-sciencey. :)

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

Postby roboducky28 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:59 pm UTC

Once, during a talk given by a physics professor for the math department at my university, a math student raised his hand and asked: "but what is a force?"

To which the theory prof replied:
"It's an object on the symplectic manifold".

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

Postby Herman » Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:02 am UTC

After we did charging of capacitors and such in E&M, I became fond of expressing time in capacitance*resistance. As in, "I'll be there in about 300 ohm-farads."

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

Postby Actaeus » Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:03 am UTC

Herman wrote:After we did charging of capacitors and such in E&M, I became fond of expressing time in capacitance*resistance. As in, "I'll be there in about 300 ohm-farads."

Google Calculator FTW.
search for:
300 ohm-farads in minutes
returned:
300 ohms * farad = 5 minutes
I also enjoy converting cubic parsecs into rod-square furlongs.

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

Postby Malbert » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:51 am UTC

it requires google calculator to realize that an ohm-farad is a second?

1(V/A)(C/V)=
1(C/A)=
1C/(C/s)=
1s.
When using SI units, they usually cancel in a reasonable, clear, logical way. That is why it is the international standard.

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

Postby Mr. Beck » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:27 am UTC

Herman wrote:"I'll be there in about 300 ohm-farads."

Must Use.
Also,
Wikipedia wrote:Nanocentury

Another derived time unit, reducing a rather large time span (century) by preceding it with a fractional prefix (nano). As Tom Duff at Bell Labs pointed out: "How many seconds are there in a year? If I tell you there are 3.156×107, you won't even try to remember it. On the other hand, who could forget that, to within half a percent, π seconds is a nanocentury."

Professor Julius Sumner Miller used to characterize the standard length of his lectures (a little less than an hour) as a microcentury[10] (roughly 52.6 minutes, accounting for leap years).

So now I use Nanocentury= "A short while" and Microcentury= "A class period"

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

Postby tmurph » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:29 pm UTC

my favorite is probably
apoptosis, programmed cell death

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

Postby DJorgensen » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:48 pm UTC

Science (come on, its by far the most sciencey sounding word).

Though I am much a fan of messing with people by actually knowing what dihydrogen monoxide, deuterium, and tritium are.

EDIT because I fail at keyboards and words.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Actaeus » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:59 pm UTC

DJorgensen wrote:dihydrogen monoxide

The o in mono- and the o in -oxide combine.
And excuse me for forgetting everything I used to know about circuitry.
Sciencey word: nonogram. Just joking, a nonogram is a Japanese logic puzzle. But it sounds sciencey, doesn't it? I guess it would mean "nine grams"...

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

Postby scalziand » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

Ended wrote:I see your Phasor, and raise you Phonon.


I see your Phonon, and raise you Plasmon.

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Postby Jessica » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:00 am UTC

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

Postby tricky77puzzle » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:04 am UTC

oxyphenbutazone.

For sure. Otherwise it might have been titin, whose name would pretty much fill up a floppy disk (bet you forgot those existed!) and whose SVG image would pretty much fill up a 25-tier RAID of 7-layer blu-ray disks. (If that even exists.)

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

Postby Malbert » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:43 am UTC

Actaeus wrote:And excuse me for forgetting everything I used to know about circuitry.

Oh of course. 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.

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

Postby Mr. Beck » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:26 am UTC

DJorgensen wrote:dihydrogen monoxide

DHMO is loads of fun!
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby MioTheGreat » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:04 am UTC

scalziand wrote:
Ended wrote:I see your Phasor, and raise you Phonon.


I see your Phonon, and raise you Plasmon.


I'll see your Plasmon, and raise you a Polariton!


Now. Most Sciencey sounding word?

Hmm. Well, I always thought "Thermionic Emission" was something that scifi invented strictly for technobabble until I took Solid State Physics....

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Postby Actaeus » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:24 am UTC

MioTheGreat wrote:... I always thought "Thermionic Emission" was something that scientists invented strictly for technobabble until I took Solid State Physics....

Scientists do too have a sense of humor. See also "quark". I've learned that any field has people willing to invent nomenclature specifically to sound funny etc.

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

Postby Hexadecimator » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:43 am UTC

I can't believe no one has mentioned the positron.
Simple to pronounce, yet you always sound ultra science-y when you say it.

Everything with quantum- is good too, and I am totally measuring things in microcenturies from here on out.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby SnowDragon » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:56 pm UTC

My fav is biogeochemistry because what is more sciencey word than three sciences squished together. All its missing is physics, which is okay by me.

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Postby Indon » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:37 pm UTC

For me, Gigaflop. Flops in general, really.

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


What about "Deflector dish"?
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Postby Popidge » Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:21 pm UTC

Erin45 wrote:Biosynthetic Decarboxylation -Splitting off of a carboxyl group from a compound, in this case (the biosynthesis part) usually an amino acid into an amine or any similar process. Gloriously complicated term for a really boring process, but it makes me feel smart whenever I say it. Of course I make a point to be studying that particular section of my bio book whenever non-bio nerds are around.

On that biochemical flavour of things, i quite like "Oxidative Photophosphorylation"
sorry, got that one mixed up there, my bad

Organic-chem-wise i like "Resonance Hybrid" in relation to the structure of Benzene.
And of course any name for an organic compund with multiple functional groups using the IUPAC specifications sounds adequately sciency.

In Physics-terms, any sentence with "Quantum" in it instantly adds +62.47 to it's "Sciencey-awesomeness" factor.
When combined with any other physic-y word, it adds +86.97. Simple as.

In fact, i believe we should pioneer a system by which sentences are rated according to thier "sciency-ness". The xkcd scale anyone?
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Postby gmalivuk » Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:42 pm UTC

Actaeus wrote:Sciencey word: nonogram. Just joking, a nonogram is a Japanese logic puzzle. But it sounds sciencey, doesn't it? I guess it would mean "nine grams"...

I strongly doubt it would have anything whatever to do with the unit of mass. Without looking it up, I'm assuming it's a puzzle where there are nine elements or categories or something (nono-), and which is solved by writing things (-gram).
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Postby Amnesiasoft » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:37 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:Well, it kind of is. Now. But it's less a word that any scientist would use in an actual medical setting than it is a fanciful word used by people who like to talk about impractically long words.

And those people have never heard the full chemical name of Titin (Here's a hint: C132983H211861N36149O40883S693)

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

Postby Actaeus » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:47 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:
Actaeus wrote:Sciencey word: nonogram. Just joking, a nonogram is a Japanese logic puzzle. But it sounds sciencey, doesn't it? I guess it would mean "nine grams"...

I strongly doubt it would have anything whatever to do with the unit of mass. Without looking it up, I'm assuming it's a puzzle where there are nine elements or categories or something (nono-), and which is solved by writing things (-gram).

No. It has to do with filling in boxes on a 5x5 to 50x50 grid (larger is pointlessly hard)

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

Postby Nebulae » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:02 am UTC

DJorgensen wrote:Science (come on, its by far the most sciencey sounding word).

Though I am much a fan of messing with people by actually knowing what dihydrogen monoxide, deuterium, and tritium are.

EDIT because I fail at keyboards and words.

http://www.dhmo.org/

It's scary stuff. Spread the word, more people need to be aware of the dangers.

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

Postby eijkaibjck » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:55 am UTC

1.- Enantiomorph. Learned it reading "the ambidextrous universe" by Martin Gardner. Kind of naive but it blew my mind nonetheless.
2.- Sternocleidusmastoideus (long time favourite)
3.- Oort cloud. Like to think about that place.
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Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Postby Actaeus » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:06 pm UTC

Nebulae wrote:
DJorgensen wrote:Science (come on, its by far the most sciencey sounding word).

Though I am much a fan of messing with people by actually knowing what dihydrogen monoxide, deuterium, and tritium are.

EDIT because I fail at keyboards and words.

http://www.dhmo.org/

It's scary stuff. Spread the word, more people need to be aware of the dangers.

I heard the Church of Scientology has large quantities of DHMO stored away in many of their buildings. Creepy.

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

Postby Theblackbaron » Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:14 pm UTC

Mega-triangulating biometric regulators.


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