Effects in physics are super: superconductors, superfluidity, supersolids, supersymmetry or giant: giant magnetoresistance, giant resonances, giant Nernst effect. In string theory we have giant gravitons and giant magnons, as well as superstrings.
It all makes you wonder where we got our naming conventions from. Maybe we read too many superman comics as kids? There might be some better superlatives out there to name stuff.
Of course, we also have things like mini-superspace. This should give English majors apoplexy. Because, is it mini, or is it super after all? I mean, how about super-duper-micro-mini-conduction? Why not that?
To add diversity to the above, we have bubbles of nothing, dumb holes and red giants.
Here’s one use of such jargon for completely comedic effects:
- Have you had your mini-watts this morning?
Please leave you favorite words for physics effects and objects behind. You get extra points for comedy.