18 thoughts on “LIBERTY

        • Well, no one ever says a crazy person is wearing an aluminum hat, they say tin foil hat. I assume the foil was actually made of tin when that saying came about, like tin cans.

          BTW, why do the British say “aluminium,” even though it’s spelled “aluminum?” I lived in England, and I still can’t figure it out.

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          • Why do Americans insist on calling it aluminum anyway??? They haven’t dropped the i’s out of any of the other metals, so what is their excuse? Unless I didn’t realise it and you actually refer to titanum, beryllum, plutonum, and rubidum… I thought you were all for making the English language consistent!

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          • If there’s no “I” in “Team America” wouldn’t it then be “Team Amerca”?

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          • “Why do Americans insist on calling it aluminum anyway??? They haven’t dropped the i’s out of any of the other metals, so what is their excuse? Unless I didn’t realise it and you actually refer to titanum, beryllum, plutonum, and rubidum…”

            The thing here is that the element in question was originally called “Alumium” and that word morphed into both “Aluminum” and “Aluminium”.

            Americans (and Canadians) didn’t drop the “i” – they added an “n” and kept it as a four-syllable word. While the Brits added an “ni” and an extra syllable.

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