Actinium, aluminium, americium, barium, berkelium, beryllium, bohrium, cadmium, caesium… Theres a pattern here… calcium, californium, caesium…
I could list them all, but just a sampler… gadolinium, germanium, potassium, sodium, all the way to zirconium.
Yes, there are Platinum, lanthanum and tantalum. The only exceptions I can think of..
And Strontium, ytterbium, einsteinium, plutonium, rubidium….
Yet Americans think the British spell Aluminium wrongly
This reminds me of a joke I read many years ago. I wasn’t sure if I could remember how to tell it right but as usual Google comes through
An American was checking-in to the Dorchester Hotel in London.
The receptionist said that she would ask the porter to take the visitor’s bags up to his room in the lift.
“Lift? Do you mean elevator?”
“Yes, sir, but in England we call them Lifts”
“We call them elevators and WE invented the things!”
“Yes, sir, but WE invented the language.”
a little bit 18th century, a little bit 24th century