Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Spell-checking famous physicists

I discovered this while typing a list of possible paper topics for my students. The spell-checker in Microsoft Word 2003 recognizes the names of many physicists, including Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, Richard Feynman and Subrehmanyan Chandrasekhar. Other physicists are less fortunate. Here are some of the more entertaining replacement suggestions:
  • Louis de Broglie: bogie, boogie, boggle, froglike
  • Paul Ehrenfest: Ernest, earnest, serenest, ethernet
  • Ludwig Boltzmann: boatman, batsman, Batman
  • Eugene Wigner: Wagner, Winger, winner, wiener
  • Hideki Yukawa: Yakama, Yucatan
  • Paul Dirac: direct, Doric, dire, Dora, diary
  • Kamerlingh Onnes: ones, omens
  • Polykarp Kusch: Koch, Kirsch, kitsch, Kasich, Busch
  • Julian Schwinger: stinger, stringer, shiner, shinier
  • Peter Kapitza: capital, Capitan, baptize, kibitz, kaput
  • Arno Penzias: pansies, pencils, pennies, ponies
  • Hermann Weyl: well, wily, weal, wail, way
  • Hans Oersted: forested, ousted, operated, orated, overstep
As Glenn Reynolds would say: Heh.


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