Word Ways


The names of the chemical elements have received a certain amount of attention in Word Ways over the years. Borgmann (1968) presented a quiz on 20 transposed element names in the first issue of Word Ways. Other articles have documented more extensive transpositions of element names (Borgmann, 1974, 1978; Francis 1977) and where an element did not have a transposition, Francis (1977) offered the shortest possible transadditions of the element names.