Sunday, 21st August 2011
One of the questions I wanted to answer when I started this project was: What are the longest words Sal uses? And here's the answer.
When I first looked for the longest words I found that in several subjects, the longest word was [unintelligible], which was annoying (especially as two of the 'letters' are brackets, which I hadn't stripped out). I also found that the longest word in the Biology playlist was 'phosphoglyceraldehydees', which is a mispelling. After solving all those problems, I ran my search twice, in one including hyphenated words as a single word. The table below shows the longest words for each playlist and the number of letters they have (the number in parentheses if for when hyphenated words are included).
As one might predict, the longest words are all chemical names, incuding hyphens allows for longer chemical names (I'm not sure that sodium-potassium-chlorine should be hyphenated). Another point to notes is that the most common long words are 'straightforward', 'counterclockwise' and 'three-dimensional'. There are a couple of interesting hypenated phrases, most interesting of which is 'straight-from-the-udder'; I must find out what that's about.
Of course, after this analysis I had to watch the video with the longest words. In doing so, I actually found a longer word: 5-ethoxy-1,2-dimethylcyclohexanamine. Sal actually says "This was probably one of the longest words we've used in naming", and it would have been except that in the subtitles, there is no hyphen between the ethoxy and the 1,2, perhaps because the word is split over two lines.