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    Noah Webster again. To a first approximation, it's always Noah Webster's fault.

    ETA: It's interesting how -um won out in American English, given how few other elements end in -um, and how many in -ium. I would have thought that would be a powerful linguistic force pushing towards "regularizing" on -ium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Noah Webster again. To a first approximation, it's always Noah Webster's fault.
    I don’t agree, since he didn’t come up with “aluminum,” it was used in the UK, and it wasn’t settled until the 20th century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I don’t agree, since he didn’t come up with “aluminum,” it was used in the UK, and it wasn’t settled until the 20th century.
    Joke.

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    Ah, I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Ah, I see.
    Sometimes, it's Samuel Johnson's fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Noah Webster again. To a first approximation, it's always Noah Webster's fault.
    Well, we all make mistakes periodically.

    I do agree that -ium makes more sense in the elemental scheme of things.
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    Whenever we get into one of these pronunciation discussions, I think of this video

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    Meanwhile, we have a running joke where you mispronounce "aluminium" in the most horrible possible ways whenever you need the word. "amanulium" is a popular one, and on a good day you can even add some vowels to end up with "amanilinium".
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    The stuff about aluminum somehow reminded me of something that bugs me about multiple sci-fi/fantasy franchises: adamantium/vibranium/beskar/mithril. (And apparently also the "gold-titanium alloy" of Iron Man's armor, which doesn't have its own separate name.) One thing I appreciated about Babylon 5 was the fact that, even though it emphasized differences in technological levels of different species, it never gave us one of those. Even the most advanced technology could be damaged if you could hit it hard enough for long enough; everything was made of atoms, so, when hit with enough energy in a small enough area, would react like atoms that just got hit with lots of concentrated energy. (The more advanced species' stuff would just take longer to have that reaction.)

    But even that trend isn't as bad as the one toward transparent computer displays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Sometimes, it's Samuel Johnson's fault.
    In the US, it's often Samuel Adams' fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Well, we all make mistakes periodically.

    I do agree that -ium makes more sense in the elemental scheme of things.
    I see what you did there.
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    Do0n't you mean "the elemential scheme"?

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    You say "aluminium" and I say "6061-T6"!
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    I only know to kinds of nalanilium : the one you can bend and the one you can break. I always need the former and I always have the latter.
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    How about a song about...

    Aluminum to me
    Aluminium to some
    You can shine like silver all you want
    But you're just aluminum. (link to the song.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Well, we all make mistakes periodically.

    I do agree that -ium makes more sense in the elemental scheme of things.
    Up and atom!
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    A bunch of people I’ve never met in a city I’ve never been to on the other side of the world might not get to host a sports event that was very popular there and I feel really upset for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    A bunch of people I’ve never met in a city I’ve never been to on the other side of the world might not get to host a sports event that was very popular there and I feel really upset for them.
    Just wondering, are you talking about Tokyo?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    A bunch of people I’ve never met in a city I’ve never been to on the other side of the world might not get to host a sports event that was very popular there and I feel really upset for them.
    Is this a puzzle? Can they also go up a chimney down but not down a chimney up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Is this a puzzle? Can they also go up a chimney down but not down a chimney up?
    I’m not sure but I think she may be being coy because she’s worried it might be seen as a political topic. I don’t think it is, but I seem to remember instances in the past where she was hesitant to say things too clearly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Just wondering, are you talking about Tokyo?


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    No, Auckland and the America’s Cup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Roger that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I’m not sure but I think she may be being coy because she’s worried it might be seen as a political topic. I don’t think it is, but I seem to remember instances in the past where she was hesitant to say things too clearly.


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    I described the situation generically to emphasize that it’s trivial in being so far distanced from my own life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    You say "aluminium" and I say "6061-T6"!
    Yea let’s hear it for alloys and heat treatment. From the copper age (really the bronze age because of the arsenic) , we have learned to use alloys. And Aluminium alloys are an excellent example, including aluminium bronze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I’m not sure but I think she may be being coy because she’s worried it might be seen as a political topic. I don’t think it is, but I seem to remember instances in the past where she was hesitant to say things too clearly.
    I was teasing the deliberate obscurity.
    I was pretty sure it would be sailing-related, but sailing competitions are so far beyond my event horizon that the text might as well have been written in !Kung.

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    I have a Honda PCX-150 which I didn't ride last spring-summer-fall and haven't ridden so far this one either, and was planning to sell. I didn't know that you need to run them a bit each year to avoid having the battery not only lose all its charge but even lose its ability to ever take a charge again. So now I need a new battery before I can either ride it again or sell it. And I can't get the old battery out. I even found a tip online that allegedly says how to do it, but I've done what it said, and it didn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    I even found a tip online that allegedly says how to do it, but I've done what it said, and it didn't work.
    Was it a video demonstration or just words? Seeing is believing more effective instruction for most people. I usually look up on YouTube to see if there's something helpful there. Just my tuppence
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    Today is Fathers Day in the USA, so the Lifetime Movie Network, America's no. 1 purveyor of melodrama, is running a movie marathon of films about murderous dads. Lovely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    America's no. 1 purveyor of melodrama
    I can think of some real-life sources of melodrama that far surpass the efforts of any cable network.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Today is Fathers Day in the USA, so the Lifetime Movie Network, America's no. 1 purveyor of melodrama, is running a movie marathon of films about murderous dads. Lovely.
    That bugs you? That made me laugh when I read that. Mind you, I doubt I’ve actually ever watched anything on Lifetime.

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