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chained_bear commented on the word mercury-sublimate
"'Forgive me for bursting in on you at this time of day,' said Stephen, 'but I am in sad need of the Malay words for mercury-sublimate, strontium nitride and antimony.'
"'Pedok and datang for the first two,' said van Buren, 'but I am afraid strontium is not yet known in these parts. Has it any therapeutic value?'
'None that I know of. Fireworks are what I have in mind, and it gives a noble red.'"
--Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 203
March 4, 2008
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