Yeah, this style—I suppose little more than a complicated wordgame–is commonly called Ander-Saxon after Poul Anderson, or just Anglish, hence the name of my list. Anderson's article, incidentally, is not perfect: he uses ordinary, a Latinate word, and there are frequent occurrences of around and round, of Old French origin (despite appearing in almost every Germanic language). Most egregiously, however, stuff also comes to us via Old French. However, the element names ending in -stuff are not the result of a lack of imagination, as bilby assumes, but are a direct analogue of (and in some cases, calque) the original German names for elements, such as Wasserstoff for hydrogen, and which are still widely used.
Besides, I think that when a writer gets out of bed in the morning and says to himself 'I'm going to show them how clever I am today, just you watch!', he's on dangerous ground. I can vaguely see the point of this but, boy, the gag labours. I remember reading a while back a version of our constitution rewritten as 'plain-Australian', predictably full of blokes and beauts and sheilas and all that. After the first paragraph I felt like crawling into a bomb-shelter and staying there the rest of my life. I suppose there are people out there who will buy a Bible translated into Lolcat but it aint me, babe.
Having the same number of bernstonebits, the samesteads of a firststuff behave almost alike minglingly. They do show some unlikenesses, outstandingly among the heavier ones, and these can be worked to sunder samesteads from each other. Most samesteads of every firststuff are unabiding. Their kernels break up, each at its own speed. This speed is written as the *half-life*, which is how long it takes half of any deal of the samestead thus to shift itself. The doing is known as *lightrotting*. It may happen fast or slowly, and in any of sundry ways, offhanging on the makeup of the kernel.
would correspond to something like this:
Having the same number of electrons, the isotopes of an element have similar chemical properties. There are some differences, particularly among the heavier ones, and this can be used to separate isotopes. Most isotopes are not permanent. Their nuclei break up, each at a characteristic speed etc. (The next sentence seems sloppy as a halflife is not a speed or rate...)
I think you may be missing the point, o leather-eared one. The whole thing is a riff, imagining what English might look like if the Romans and Normans had never made it to Britain. That's the rationale for using only words of germanic origin.
“The firststuffs have their being as motes called unclefts. These are mighty small: one seedweight of waterstuff holds a tale of them like unto two followed by twenty-two noughts. Most unclefts link together to make what are called bulkbits. Thus, the waterstuff bulkbit bestands of two waterstuff unclefts, the sourstuff bulkbit of two sourstuff unclefts, and so on. (Some kinds, such as sunstuff, keep alone; others, such as iron, cling together in chills when in the faststanding; and there are yet more yokeways.) When unlike unclefts link in a bulkbit, they make bindings. Thus, water is a binding of two waterstuff unclefts with one sourstuff uncleft, while a bulkbit of one of the forestuffs making up flesh may have a thousand or more unclefts of these two firststuffs together with coalstuff and chokestuff.�? — Poul Anderson, Uncleftish Beholding, in Analog Science Fact / Science Fiction Magazine, 1989