Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Sure it does. Regardless of who discovered it, it's spelled "Aluminium" and pronounced the same way.
It's not the same as words like "colour" or "organise" which are fairly generic and have been in existence so long they've had time to find alternate spellings. "Aluminium" is a fairly recent word that has never been spelled any other way in any official capacity. Therefore spelling it incorrectly, (on the basis of simply a poor pronunciation yet) is "more wrong" than most other mis-spellings.
There are rules to correct pronunciation in English, and scientific words in particular. Titanium
isn't called (or spelled) "Titanum" Magnesium
isn't called (or spelled) "Magnesum"Calcium
isn't called (or spelled) "Calcum"
Not pronouncing and spelling Aluminium correctly is an abomination
that any science-y, geek-y sort of person should be ashamed
of (American or otherwise).
First of all, whomever discovers something often gets to name it. That's about as much as a rule as all metals need to end in -ium
. It's commonplace and happens enough times that one should expect that cause and effect relationship but it's not a rule. You are not an idiot for saying aluminum as this 1) the name given by Davy, and 2) accepted by the US and other countries. In fact, any real scientist in the UK will accept aluminum as acceptable even if they prefer aluminium.
These are simply variations in languages and it's the UK theychanged it after the fact, which is not a problem as that is how language works but it's certainly not because it was wrong
. You can't have a wrong word if you invent it as all words are made up.
If you really want to deny the history of the word and adhere to a rule-of-thumb as a hard and fast decree then what about the metals: tin, gold, iron silver, mercury, etc.
? Why aren't you demanding these only be referred to as stannium
from the Latin stannum
from the Latin aurum
from the Latin ferrum
from the Latin argentum
from the Latin hydrargyrum
Note that I choose metals whose names are not
using your rule but have the Latin 2-letter symbols that call forth the original Latin word that already ends in -um and therefore could have easily been changed to -ium if this were a scientific edict. Do you not allow people to say tin, gold, iron, silver, mercury, et al.
? I would doubt it.This has been an episode of Etymchemology with SolipsismX.
PS: As an American who has spent considerable time in the UK I use aluminium and other British spellings and pronunciation. I quite prefer the way aluminium sounds over aluminum but my preference in no way dictates what is considered correct for all.Edited by SolipsismX - 2/18/13 at 9:43am