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From the Wiki, and I've heard this elsewhere too...

 

 In 1808, Humphry Davy identified the existence of a metal base of alum, which he at first termed alumium and later aluminum (see etymology section, below).

 

Sorry guys, looks like us Brits are wrong on this one. I believe we changed the pronunciation and spelling so that it would fit better with other elements.

I'm happy to be proved wrong, but it's 0-1 to the US on this one.

Of course, I could care less, which is why I posted this. ;)

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It's aluminium in German too :) And I sure hope nobody wants to dispute that our spelling is correct. We Germans have started wars over lesser disagreements.

 

Besides, there are a lot more questionable and disagreeable names in chemistry. Such as Fucitol, a sugar alcohol made from a fermented seaweed of the Fucus family (although that's kind of aptly named for an alcohol, imho). Or Cummingtonite, a mineral named after the town of Cummington, Massachusetts. No kidding!

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Ishtara Rothschild wrote:

Besides, there are a lot more questionable and disagreeable names in chemistry. Such as
, a sugar alcohol made from a fermented seaweed of the Fucus family (although that's kind of aptly named for an alcohol, imho). Or
, a mineral named after the town of Cummington, Massachusetts. No kidding!

Lmao... gotta love a scientist with a good sense of humor.

...Dres

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