Originally Posted by groakes
Originally Posted by SolipsismX
1) My comment went way, way over your cranum.
2) If you want to discuss the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust then the term aluminum predates aluminium. It was the British that decided after the fact and without consideration to any standards body to make the word use the -ium suffix to more closely match other metals on the periodic table.
3) Your argument that every American is pretentious for not converting their language in the last 24 years because of what the IUPAC wants is ridiculous.
Not that I really care but....http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/aluminium.htm
The metal was named by the English chemist Sir Humphry Davy ..., even though he was unable to isolate it: that took another two decades’ work by others. He derived the name from the mineral called alumina
, which itself had only been named in English by the chemist Joseph Black in 1790. Black took it from the French, who had based it on alum
, a white mineral that had been used since ancient times for dyeing and tanning, among other things. Chemically, this is potassium aluminium sulphate...
Sir Humphry made a bit of a mess of naming this new element, at first spelling it alumium
(this was in 1807) then changing it to aluminum
, and finally settling on aluminium
in 1812. His classically educated scientific colleagues preferred aluminium
right from the start, because it had more of a classical ring, and chimed harmoniously with many other elements whose names ended in –ium
, like potassium
, and magnesium
, all of which had been named by Davy.
The spelling in –um
continued in occasional use in Britain for a while, though that in –ium
soon predominated. In the USA, the position was more complicated. Noah Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 has only aluminum
, though the standard spelling among US chemists throughout most of the nineteenth century was aluminium
; it was the preferred version in The Century Dictionary
of 1889 and is the only spelling given in the Webster Unabridged Dictionary
of 1913. Searches in an archive of American newspapers show a most interesting shift. Up to the 1890s, both spellings appear in rough parity, though with the –ium
version slightly the more common, but after about 1895 that reverses quite substantially, with the decade starting in 1900 having the –um
spelling about twice as common as the alternative; in the following decade the –ium
spelling crashes to a few hundred compared to half a million examples of –um