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OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:28pm
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English English:  aluminium

American English:  aluminum

The person who first named this metal was English chemist Sir Humphry Davy, who first called it aluminum, but then changed it to aluminium five years later.   The -ium suffix prevailed in the UK, probably to be consistent with the several elements with that suffix.  But there are other elements ending in -um: Molybdenum, Lanthanum, Tantalum, Platinum.  There's no cosmic law of the universe that says it has to be one or the other.
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:05pm
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I can’t understand why Romanians come from Romania, but Canadians come from Canada.


Either they’re Canadans, or it’s Canadia.
  

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Reply #2 - Jun 9th, 2018 at 11:04pm
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Limey. wrote on Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:05pm:
I can’t understand why Romanians come from Romania, but Canadians come from Canada.


Either they’re Canadans, or it’s Canadia.


What's wrong with Maple Syrup Swilling Canucks?

(Disclosure: My grandparents on one side came from The Great White North. They shuffled back and forth across the border and nobody gave them no never mind.)

  

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Reply #3 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 8:46am
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patrick2 wrote on Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:28pm:
English English:  aluminium

American English:  aluminum

The person who first named this metal was English chemist Sir Humphry Davy, who first called it aluminum, but then changed it to aluminium five years later.   The -ium suffix prevailed in the UK, probably to be consistent with the several elements with that suffix.  But there are other elements ending in -um: Molybdenum, Lanthanum, Tantalum, Platinum.  There's no cosmic law of the universe that says it has to be one or the other.


Ah reckon the feller what names a inanimate object kin change it iffen he likes, and others is free to use the first 'un iffen they got a mind to.

(I used to wonder a little about that, too, but never enough to look it up.  Your post inspired me to do so, also educating me about alumnium being the preferred spelling among scientists.)
  

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Reply #4 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 8:49am
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EF wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 8:46am:
Ah reckon the feller what names a inanimate object kin change it iffen he likes, and others is free to use the first 'un iffen they got a mind to.

(I used to wonder a little about that, too, but never enough to look it up.  Your post inspired me to do so, also educating me about alumnium being the preferred spelling among scientists.)

I doubt that's the case. Wink
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 11:39am
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Ulysses wrote on Jun 9th, 2018 at 11:04pm:
What's wrong with Maple Syrup Swilling Canucks?

(Disclosure: My grandparents on one side came from The Great White North. They shuffled back and forth across the border and nobody gave them no never mind.)



I'm sure if the government knew that they were going to pollute our nation they would have put a stop to it.
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 11:40am
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patrick2 wrote on Jun 9th, 2018 at 8:28pm:
English English:  aluminium

American English:  aluminum

The person who first named this metal was English chemist Sir Humphry Davy, who first called it aluminum, but then changed it to aluminium five years later.   The -ium suffix prevailed in the UK, probably to be consistent with the several elements with that suffix.  But there are other elements ending in -um: Molybdenum, Lanthanum, Tantalum, Platinum.  There's no cosmic law of the universe that says it has to be one or the other.


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Limey. wrote on Jun 9th, 2018 at 9:05pm:
I can’t understand why Romanians come from Romania, but Canadians come from Canada.


Either they’re Canadans, or it’s Canadia.


Whats the one for people from Niger.  Wink
  

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Reply #8 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 12:24pm
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JohnnyBgood wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 11:48am:
Whats the one for people from Niger.  Wink




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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #9 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 1:23pm
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JohnnyBgood wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 11:48am:
Whats the one for people from Niger.  Wink


Nigerians.

What's the problem?

  

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