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> > FWIW, be aware that the official and correct spelling of Al is
> > Aluminum.
> > It was not always so.
>
> Are you sure?

I suspect my comment was based on pre 1990 information. I remember a
rambling and convincing discourse (possibly by Isaac Asimov) about why
Aluminum was "correct" even though it was euphonically displeasing to those
who speak (real) English.

Here's some more

       http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/aluminium.htm

Apparently IUPAC officially saw the light and got it right (last time
around) in 1990.

I say lets all go for the ORIGINAl name and sidestep all the argument.
From now on it should be, at least for PICList purposes, as it originally
was in 1807, Alumium.


       RM :-)




> "In 1761 de Morveau proposed the name "alumine" for the base in alum.
> In 1807, Davy proposed the name alumium for the metal, undiscovered at
> that time, and later agreed to change it to aluminum. Shortly
> thereafter, the name aluminium was adopted by IUPAC to conform with the
> "ium" ending of most elements. Aluminium is the IUPAC spelling and
> therefore the international standard. Aluminium was also the accepted
> spelling in the U.S.A. until 1925, at which time the American Chemical
> Society decided to revert back to aluminum, and to this day Americans
> still refer to aluminium as "aluminum".

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