Jony Ive, I hate the word "alu-mini-um"!


OllyW

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Why don't Americans use Titanum instead of Titanium or Cadmum instead of Cadmium?

What was so special about Aluminium that meant you had to spell it wrong?
 

The-Real-Deal82

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Jony is British.

British English dictates that the material is called 'aluminium', not 'aluminum'.

Should Jony just ditch his own language to suit your preference?
Quite.
He pronounces it the way British people do and you'd expect that considering where he is from. When he is speaking publicly he is not just addressing the American market, so falsities like changing the way words are pronounced is not expected. :)
 

Jeepers-

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Correct spelling and pronunciation is Aluminium

Sir Humphry made a bit of a mess of naming this new element, at first spelling it alumium (this was in 1807) then changing it to aluminum, and finally settling on aluminium in 1812. His classically educated scientific colleagues preferred aluminium right from the start, because it had more of a classical ring, and chimed harmoniously with many other elements whose names ended in –ium, like potassium, sodium, and magnesium, all of which had been named by Davy.
 

Sheza

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Even ignoring the fact he is British, he is technically correct.
 

davidjearly

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Yes.

And it doesn't have anything to do with "forms" of English. It is "latin'd" for the periodic table to most of the world.
It actually has everything to do with English, given that is where Jony lived and learned.

Moreover, the Latin is Alumen. I don't see how you think the Americanisation of aluminium is more faithful to that, not that it's relevant actually.

What is relevant is that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry describes the element as aluminium, and that really is the end of the discussion.