richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Sep 6 16:58:13 EDT 2022
Well, in Scots it's "alumeenium", which just sounds like a Scot suffered
from bad spelling.
On Tue, 6 Sept 2022, 23:54 Bob Sneidar via use-livecode, <
use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> Excerpt from WordOrigins.org:
> In 1808, British chemist Humphry Davy postulated the existence of a
> metallic form of alumina ore, which he dubbed alumium.
> Davy later changed the name to aluminum. He writes in his 1812 Elements of
> Chemical Philosophy: "As yet Aluminum has not been obtained in a perfectly
> free state."
> Yet that same year, other British chemists settled on the name aluminium,
> the ending of which they thought was more consistent with the other
> So the theoretical substance was dubbed Aluminum first, but other
> scientists decided to call it Aluminium, even though no one knew if it
> existed or could exist yet.
> Bob S
> > On Sep 6, 2022, at 13:38 , Mark Wieder via use-livecode <
> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> > On 9/6/22 13:19, Mike Kerner via use-livecode wrote:
> >> or the way they spell "favourites", or pronounce "Aluminum". Do you see
> >> extra "i" in there? No? It's invisible, that's why.
> > Yeah. About that.
> > The "aluminium" version actually preceded "aluminum" by several years,
> so if anything the U.S. version is actually the weird one. There are very
> few other elements that veer from the standard "ium" suffix into just "um":
> molybdenum, lanthanum,, tantalum, platinum, and all of those are transition
> > https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/aluminum-vs-aluminium
> > --
> > Mark Wieder
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