- Sep 29, 2006
- AFL Club
Maybe not pointless considering what happened in the next couple of years but in 1860 one in seven Americans belonged to another American.
I thought that the original name was Alumium.The original term for the element Aluminium was Aluminum. This was the name chosen by the discoverer, Englishman Humphrey Davey. It followed standard naming conventions for other elements like Molybdenum and Platinum that had similar oxides (Aluminium was extracted from alumina - the naturally occurring oxide).
However, only a couple of years after its discovery, another famous British scientist Thomas Young insisted that the element should be named Aluminium - why? - because it 'sounded better'. He preferred names ending in -ium, like Sodium, Barium etc. Young was well regarded at the time, and so his idea caught on. There was a bit of both names being used over time around the world - when Webster's Dictionary used Aluminum, it became the US standard. Both names were still used around the world, although except for the US, Aluminium was more popular.
Aluminium was only formal listed as the correct name in the 1990s (after years of very heated arguments), although Aluminum was still accepted as an alternative.
Although it's fun to laugh at US constant mangling of the English language, there's a pretty good argument that they got this one right.