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In fact, you cant moan about the aluminium one, the americans actually HAVE IT RIGHT for once. I read it in a book and was utterly horrified. All these years i had considered americans to be idiots with their pronounciation and then i suddenly just felt big headed and snobbish. This is the story:

The guy who discovered Aluminium originally called it Aluminum. But a few years later, the Royal society in England decided all new elements should end in "-ium", because that's what stuck up rich people do. So they decided that Aluminum should be renamed Aluminium. But of course, the word Aluminum has already got over to america. And although they now accept the new spelling, the pronounciation has remained the same. So we were the ones who changed things there, not the americans.
Aaaaawwwww...and i thought the american's just didn't like -ium...oh well...fair play to them.....

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Lol...yeah..i've always found Frasier is more of a wit humour...whereas friends is more slapstick humour...both very good though!

Don't forget about how they renamed the first Harry Potter book to the Sorceror's Stone...as they thought most americans wouldn't know what a philosopher was

I'm sure they're not all like that though...

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Recall the philosopher's stone had nothing to do with philosophy.
I'm sure it had nothing to do with the elixir of life either. It was just meant to be the catalyst to turn lead into gold.
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i thought lead to gold was alchemy!
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(Original post by Willla2)
In fact, you cant moan about the aluminium one, the americans actually HAVE IT RIGHT for once. I read it in a book and was utterly horrified. All these years i had considered americans to be idiots with their pronounciation and then i suddenly just felt big headed and snobbish. This is the story:

The guy who discovered Aluminium originally called it Aluminum. But a few years later, the Royal society in England decided all new elements should end in "-ium", because that's what stuck up rich people do. So they decided that Aluminum should be renamed Aluminium. But of course, the word Aluminum has already got over to america. And although they now accept the new spelling, the pronounciation has remained the same. So we were the ones who changed things there, not the americans.
'that's what stuck up rich people do'
Wow, you certainly have a bit of a chip on the shoulder. People have been swapping the names of things for hundreds of years. being rich and or snobbish has nothing to do with it. I suppose you're also angry that due to an american drive the brontosaurus and brachiosaurus were renamed something daft like supersaurus.
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(Original post by Willla2)
i thought lead to gold was alchemy!
Same here...?

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The guy who discovered Aluminium originally called it Aluminum.
Got this from the English-to-American dictionary (good place):

aluminium n. Okay, so it's not the most cryptic of language differences, but Americans spell this "aluminum". We pronounce it differently as well; we Brits really do say "ahl-yoo-minny-um". I've had a multitude of mail about this and as usual a lot of it is at odds. I can at least say that Hans Ørsted, the Danish gentleman who discovered it in 1824, had based its name on the Latin word "alumen", denoting the mineral alum. The difference in spelling seems to have originated when very early printed material advertising his talks on the subject contained the two different spellings in error. The general consensus seems to be that he had originally used the "British" spelling (bourne out by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's use of it, and the "ium" suffix that already graced many metallic elements at the time) but as he clearly didn't make any efforts to correct anyone, perhaps he didn't care too much.
I think aluminium is the "correct" English spelling of the word, but sulfur is supposed to be spelt with an "f", not the British "ph".

I remember when Paul Merton commented that they had to rename Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to something the Americans would understand, so they changed it to burger. To be fair though, I think the name change was only because the publishers thought children wouldn't be interested in the book if they thought it was about philosophers, and not because they wouldn't know what a philosopher was...although since the Philosopher's Stone is a centuries-old concept and the Sorcerer's Stone isn't, it was still a bit strange.
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(Original post by Squishy)
I remember when Paul Merton commented that they had to rename Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to something the Americans would understand, so they changed it to burger. To be fair though, I think the name change was only because the publishers thought children wouldn't be interested in the book if they thought it was about philosophers, and not because they wouldn't know what a philosopher was...although since the Philosopher's Stone is a centuries-old concept and the Sorcerer's Stone isn't, it was still a bit strange.
I thought that was really annoying! :mad: What's the point of having it based on mythology when they go and change it because people are too dumb?!
Oh and btw the James Bond film License to Kill was originally to be called License Revoked, but the American audience didn't know what revoked meant.
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I thought that was really annoying! :mad: What's the point of having it based on mythology when they go and change it because people are too dumb?!
Oh and btw the James Bond film License to Kill was originally to be called License Revoked, but the American audience didn't know what revoked meant.
Hahaha! And then of course there's "The Madness of George III", which had to be changed to "The Madness of King George" because the American test screening audience kept asking when I and II had come out...
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somehow i feel these are urban legends.....but then again, you really can't take anything for granted with the american public
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somehow i feel these are urban legends.....but then again, you really can't take anything for granted with the american public
Apparently King George was really true... it was in the Radio Times so it can't be a lie
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i thought lead to gold was alchemy!
It is. Alchemists sought for what they called 'philosopher's stone', which would allow them to turn lead (or any other metal) to gold.
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My Bond-obsessed friend told me the Bond one. Sounded like he had read it somewhere. And License Revoked makes more sense with the film to be honest.
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It is. Alchemists sought for what they called 'philosopher's stone', which would allow them to turn lead (or any other metal) to gold.
And once they found it, they decided it cost too much money to use it... Idiots!

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And once they found it, they decided it cost too much money to use it... Idiots!

Actually I think they found that a true philosopher's stone was more interested in the fact that lead could be turned to gold than actually doing anything about it. Sitting around and pontificating was all that it - like most philosophers - was any good at.
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Actually I think they found that a true philosopher's stone was more interested in the fact that lead could be turned to gold than actually doing anything about it. Sitting around and pontificating was all that it - like most philosophers - was any good at.
Hmmmm..philosophy...do i exist...do you exist.....do any of us exist?!?

What is the Matrix??

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What is the Matrix??
'tis too pretentious, is what it is.
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'tis too pretentious, is what it is.
Yeah..first one was the best of the lot....2nd was a pile of crap....3rd was just an excuse for a gigantic action-blowing up stuff-killing fest.....i liked the third one.

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3rd was just an excuse for a gigantic action-blowing up stuff-killing fest.....i liked the third one.
Hahaha Well, I wouldn't have minded not understanding the pretentious dialogue if the Wachowski brothers had convinced me that they knew what they were talking about, but it was just so fake it was annoying.
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I think the directors figured they would somehow be able to hide how bad the film was by giving it a plot so complicated that you spent all your time trying to work out what was going on.

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Hahaha Well, I wouldn't have minded not understanding the pretentious dialogue if the Wachowski brothers had convinced me that they knew what they were talking about, but it was just so fake it was annoying.
Yeah i know...and what annoyed me most...was after watching the 2nd film...loads of people saying...."It was brilliant!! You just don't understand it..that's why you don't like it"

Erm...no....it was crap..that's why i didn't like it!

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