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  • It's now "aluminium"

    Already very grating.

    http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx ... 06565.html

  • #2
    Apparently they're not even sure:

    "He said the group believes that aluminiun demand is strong enough to support Rio Tinto's increased exposure to the industry by paying a premium for Alcan."
    Take good care of yourself.

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    • #3
      Latin name for the element is "aluminium". I suppose that term is pretty interchangeable with the common English term "aluminum".
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pego
        with the common English term "aluminum".
        You mean American word.

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        • #5
          Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gh
            Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.
            "Our product range includes a large portfolio of packaging based on plastic,
            aluminum, paper, carton and other materials:....."

            http://www.alcanpackaging.com/Internet/ ... odoverview

            "With its head office in Montreal, Canada,....." http://www.alcan.com/web/publishing.nsf ... Alcan+Home

            It is interesting to note that the French for aluminum is "aluminium" :

            http://www.alcan.com/survey396/396invit ... alcan.com/

            Interesting, perhaps, to people like me with {apparently} nothing better to be doing, at the moment.
            Take good care of yourself.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gh
              Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.
              That's right.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gh
                Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.
                French Canadians say "aluminium" -- at least that's what I recall from my New Brunswick bilingual schooling. I remember it confused me when I tried to say "aluminium" in English conversation.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MJD
                  Originally posted by gh
                  Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.
                  That's right.
                  We need to priorize this immediately.
                  Take good care of yourself.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MJD
                    Originally posted by gh
                    Originally posted by Daisy
                    Originally posted by Pego
                    with the common English term "aluminum".
                    You mean American word.
                    Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.
                    That's right.
                    My usage of American here was N. American. Sorry to confuse.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Daisy
                      Originally posted by MJD
                      Originally posted by gh
                      Originally posted by Daisy
                      Originally posted by Pego
                      with the common English term "aluminum".
                      You mean American word.
                      Pretty sure Canadians say aluminum also.
                      That's right.
                      My usage of American here was N. American. Sorry to confuse.
                      That's because Candians know their place and speak proper American... except for a fixation for "-our" instead of "-or" ("flavour"), and some silly reversal of "re" for "er": theatre, metre, etc...). Oh yes, and calling the last letter of the alphabet "Zed".

                      :wink:

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                      • #12
                        What do they use in the southern hemisphere?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Daisy
                          What do they use in the southern hemisphere?
                          Mostly Spanish.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JRM
                            ...That's because Candians know their place and speak proper American... except for a fixation for "-our" instead of "-or" ("flavour"), and some silly reversal of "re" for "er": theatre, metre, etc...). Oh yes, and calling the last letter of the alphabet "Zed".

                            :wink:

                            don't forget leftenant.

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                            • #15
                              Priorities

                              The Americans found/named the element first, called it "aluminum."

                              The Brits then added a gratuitous extra "i" so that the name would end in "-ium," like other metallic elements.

                              Or, to put it simply: they are wrong, we are right.

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