A Chemist Writes in English

A Chemist Writes in English

I have just returned from Istanbul. While there I used my mobile to comment and in doing so I am bound to make typos, join words and make awful spelling mistakes. These mistakes triggered the idea of this buzz.

Chemists like me use less English words as they depend on writing equations with symbols. Instead of writing sodium they write Na, to give one example. Here I imagined myself writing and making the postulated mistakes below.

While visiting a park on the Bosphorus β€œStraight” I noticed a tree with long and horizontal stem. The stem looked like a long-β€œtale”. It reminded me of the long-tail distribution. I said to myself that this distribution is a reminded that most of people belong to the 80% who are less influential than the powerful 20%.

The long-tail hardly carries any weight of the tree whereas one end of it carries most of the weight of the tree. This is life as some people spread while others go higher in the skies of their ambitions.
Ali Anani

When asked about a novel I enjoyed reading I proudly mentioned one that I read while still very young. It is β€œA β€œtail” of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. May be a tail to tell about mockingly.

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Malky Okowita wrote a comment in response to a comment I wrote there on Li (Li is lithium). Oh, I meant LI that is LinkedIn. I commented on her post by writing β€œWith undue support our values are chattered. Sadly, our values are as fragile as glass”. Malky responded by writing β€œDid you mean 'shattered', good doctor”? Yes, I meant shattered, but may be using the mobile phone to write comments shutters my eyes to see my typos. Or, this is me by nature and habit being a chemist. I felt my β€œvault” is going up to keep making silly mistakes. I felt my temperature went from β€œhire to hire” as it kept on rising.

Chemists may be a source of great ideas for β€œice-brake” to start meeting. β€œIce-brakers” are widely used in meeting to alert attention and I strongly favor the use of proper ice-breakers. May be my mind is busy with the idea on driving on an icy road and not to apply the brakes suddenly forcefully. β€œOre”, I am finding my ore of new uses of words as I used to find new reactions. β€œOar” I am find a new way to stir the boat of discussions on this buzz. By this I hope the boat shall β€œsale” in the waters safely.

A chemist was unhappy about the performance of one of his associate researchers and then he decided to β€œsac” him. The employee reported to work the next day immersing himself in a big sac filled with ice. Not only that as the employees had salt added to the ice to retard its melting! The chemist was searching for his "Glasswear". The boss corrected him and suggested "glasswhere". A fellow chemist was horrified by these "spilling"mistakes and confidently wrote "glasswere". A junior chemist finally suggested glassware.

I feel I am coating my writing in English with β€œtahr”. Tarring my own writing will not help me in writing convincingly; else I would join the any of several goatlike mammals of the genus Hemitragus of mountainous regions of Asia, having curved horns and a shaggy coat.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
and a "roasted" one with the heat of diversified experiences!

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #26

#29
human bean, maybe :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Cheer up my friend- you have the traits of a great human.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #24

#9
Great to make you laugh - took me AGES!! Last time I saw my periodic table it was in hieroglyphics. :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
-- Very special thanks to you my friend Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. First, for your appreciation of the buzz. Second, for your sharing it in the hive "Creative and Media Professionals" because I believe it is there where it fits mostly. Third, for describing the personality of trees. This is very true trees are living bodies. Thank you a million.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

I love trees and consider them some of my favorite "people". They do have their own personality, you know. I don't use my phone for comments because of the typos, and my laptop seems to have its own typo tendencies, as well. I use Grammarly, etc. which helps some but not perfect, by any means. I write a lot of wacky and slanted poetry and Grammarly becomes confused, to say the least. Luv this amusing post!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Ailment and alement is a new homophone for me my "sun" Tausif Mundrawala. I hope "son" shall illuminate your life and you have a "sonny" life". I am glad SONY has only one n in it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Dear Ned McDonnell- you are fully aware of my deep appreciation of your posts on LI. I find you a great and solid thinker. Therefore; to read your comment and not be proud is something beyond my ability to stay humble. I thank you for your great comment and sharing of my post. I avoided using the word homophones because many foreigners whose English isn't their mother-tongue may not be aware of. However; using word-play as you did is so creative and funny and so it shall "play" in my mind. While writing this comment I almost wrote there instead of their! Yes, writing in a second language has its challenge, but also make the writer cautious not to fall in playing wrongly with homophones. Again, I thank you so much for your appreciation my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Yes, homophones are a source of trouble in communication while, paradoxically, could be a tool for creative writing. Thank you Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic for stopping by and commenting. I almost wrote stopping bye

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

3 years ago #18

Ali, in mathematics, Li is a logarithmic integral function. :) I very rarely use my mobile for writing comments, just because of typos and autocorrect option which drives me crazy. Homophones are made us laugh, but sometimes embarrassed. I like the photo of a tail-tree.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Thank you for your good words and sharing the buzz Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #16

Some do typos I forget words not anytime soon that your posts will go unnoticed or forgotten me thinks πŸ˜€

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Agreed

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Thank you greatly Louise Smith. Indirectly, I was referring to your comment about my posts while in Istanbul. I meant it to say that I promised to elaborate more on your comment. Yes, I understand you here and there and I am truly appreciative of your comments and honesty. You are a very caring commenter. I recall you messaging me on few occasions to suggest editing a word or line in few of my buzzes. I appreciate all you are doing. Best wishes to yopu

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

3 years ago #13

#11
I will always read your posts Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Because your posts are meaningful , challenging & thought provoking I don't like wasting time reading a post that when I get to the end, I think "Is that all ? Where's the meaningful ideas?" Sometimes I read without clicking relevant or commenting when I am very busy & don't have enough time to think carefully At times, I am just too busy to read & comment on anyone's posts Also there are so many excellent writers & thinkers - it's hard to choose.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Your fun creativity is amazing my friend Lisa Vanderburg. Liked how you played around with typos. Fun and creativity are the examples of your strength. Thank you for sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
So, you read my posts again Louise Smith! Welcome my friend and yes I meant to write this time in a different style and make intentional typos.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
It is fun to admit one's typos with some sense of humor Jerry Fletcher. There are typos that make me scratch my head such as a native of English not differentiating it's and its. It happens so frequently and sometimes from notable writers. May be a non-native takes more seriousness of grammar while learning a foreign language. Here, I pause at the word foreign. I learnt from school that I comes before e except after c such as in receive and deceive. However; foreign and weight, just to give two examples, have e before I without c being there. A native might take these things for granted.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
You are gifted as a hilarious writer dearest Lisa Vanderburg. I burst laughing while reading your comment. Your sense of humor is unbelievable. This isn't a pinkish smile unless it means a genuine one.

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

3 years ago #8

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I am beyond commenting after concentrating so hard to understand the "typos" but the overall gist is I received is one of humour !

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #7

Ali, your typos are endearing. I am continually amazed at the level of your discourse in what, for you, is not your native tongue. Would that I had your facility, typos and all.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #6

TI Po S for periodic use

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #5

I fell off my perch after seeing Dr Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee in JEANS....argh!! But then, on closer inspection of the photo, I noticed a legless guy in purple next to another tree. Au, I thought, Po man..ThAt No FUN :) Always enjoy the wee errors meself!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
You really have your authentic way of commenting dearDebasish Majumder. This is why it is difficult to "tale out" your comments. I thank you for a witty comment that shows your apprehension of the buzz and also for sharing it generously.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #3

excellent buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! if level of Na in human body may decrease, it can cause dementia or hallucination. so the chemistry can lead one to be confused too! however, as far literature is concern, it is a gift of us for your enriching articles, extremely fabulous. i guess, it is a writer in English who is also a distinguished chemist, inducing plenty to ingrained with ambition to fly high and if they are the part of a tail, yet they could be translate delightful tale out of the influence of your grace. enjoyed read and shared the lovely buzz. thank you very much for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you my friend

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

3 years ago #1

Ah, humour, hemmed with honesty, is all happiness! :)

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