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Can you name the chemical elements in Latin?
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Note: * modern Latin names for elements not known in Roman times.
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Apr 20th, 2009 at 18:04 GMT
Curses, foiled by the extra "r" in the middle of the answer for Mercury!
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Apr 20th, 2009 at 18:14 GMT
3/10 aghhhh. evil quiz, i have to say!
Apr 20th, 2009 at 18:20 GMT
@MissInformed: Yes, me too. I thought I'd made a spelling mistake for a minute!
Apr 20th, 2009 at 18:24 GMT
why is there so much time? it's just ten answers and you probably either know the names or you don't. interesting quiz, otherwise.
Apr 20th, 2009 at 18:43 GMT
Latin and chemistry together at last! (10/10)
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Apr 20th, 2009 at 19:04 GMT
This is why so many of these elements have odd symbols...Lead (Pb), Tin (Sn), Sodium (Na), Silver (Ag), Potassium (K), Mercury (Hg), Iron (Fe), Gold (Au), Copper (Cu), and Antimony (Sb)
Apr 20th, 2009 at 19:06 GMT
@ared: I wanted to give a bit of time for people who were sitting there with an answer on the tip of their tongue.
Apr 20th, 2009 at 20:02 GMT
You want a real challenge? Guess their Greek names (where the Romans took them, anyway).
Apr 20th, 2009 at 20:29 GMT
Cool. 6/10. Knew the top 5, and Tin. Never learned any of the others. Another good symbol/English name mismatch is Tungsten(W), but I don't think that's from Latin. I think Wolfram is the German name.
Apr 20th, 2009 at 20:42 GMT
Apr 20th, 2009 at 20:53 GMT
only got plumbum, remebered because of its funny name!
Apr 20th, 2009 at 21:05 GMT
How strange. I didn't know the lead one at all -- never heard that before. And I've taken a lot of chemistry, I tutor high school chemistry now, I knew the next five, but never heard plumbum. Weird.
Apr 20th, 2009 at 21:31 GMT
Given that "Sb" is the symbol for "Antimony", I felt fairly sure its Latin name was "Sbarro".
Apr 20th, 2009 at 23:20 GMT
'Ello sir 'ave ye a plum in ye bum?
Apr 20th, 2009 at 23:23 GMT
@davidr: For some of these answers that would be very bad for your health!
Apr 21st, 2009 at 04:14 GMT
Aren't "Potassium" and "Sodium" just as much Latin terms as "Kalium" and "Natrium"?
Apr 21st, 2009 at 07:53 GMT
@TheArbiter: "Sodium... sodium... It's on the tip of my tongue. AAAAAAAUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!"
Apr 21st, 2009 at 08:13 GMT
@johnlk: No, though I can see your point that they were discovered long after the Romans. Sodium and potassium were known about long before they were isolated as elements (though I'm not sure to what extent these chemists were distinguishing between potassium and potash, say). So, they were named when Latin was the dominant language of science and received names in Latin as well as English. If you were speaking Latin, you'd say `Blahus, blahus, kalium, blahus' and, if you were speaking English, you'd say `blah, blah, potassium, blah'.
Apr 21st, 2009 at 15:26 GMT
Kind of embarrassed that I only got two - plumbum because it's a funny word and natrium because you see that on food packaging in other languages. I thought I knew the others but apparently I did not!
Apr 21st, 2009 at 15:50 GMT
7/10 and I knew one more. Speaking a Romanic language helps. :)
Apr 21st, 2009 at 17:08 GMT
DWolf: You can tell "wolfram" isn't a Latin name because it starts with a "w". The Romans didn't have a letter w, but the letter V carried the /w/ sound.
Apr 21st, 2009 at 19:14 GMT
8/10. St and Hg beat me: though I tried 27 ways of spelling "mercury"
Apr 23rd, 2009 at 20:05 GMT
Davidr - what I mean is that "Potassium" and "Sodium" are terms which are clearly Latinate in form - the ending "ium" is a Latin ending, and "Soda" at least is also from the Latin ("Potash" appears to be of Germanic origin). "Sodium" is obviously not the term used in the Latin language, but the etymology is purely Latinate.
Apr 24th, 2009 at 00:31 GMT
@johnlk and davidr: While I would agree with davidr that sodium and potassium are names that were given to the Roman words kalium and natrium, I must agree with johnlk that potassium and sodium are still Latin words. Latin continued to be used as the primary language of science until around the late 19th century. These elements would have been used, especially in alchemical texts, and were probably used interchangeably. Or perhaps these elements in different forms or derived from different compounds would have been used in different ways, and people didn't realize that they were the same thing. For the sake of this discussion, however, can we all agree that these terms, one being used by Romans and another by scientists are all part of the Latin language, but not necessarily the Roman language?
Apr 26th, 2009 at 01:48 GMT
all i can remember is the names for the elements when they have different charges like ferric or ferrous (iron) and cuprous or cupric (copper). Never learned the actual latin names though
Apr 27th, 2009 at 21:30 GMT
I loved the bonus..I always just assumed that was the latin name. One of my favorite trivia questions is what is the chemical symbol for Tungsten.
Jun 12th, 2009 at 11:31 GMT
damn only got ferrum
Jun 25th, 2009 at 20:34 GMT
Jul 10th, 2009 at 03:00 GMT
Love the bonus answer's comment
Aug 30th, 2009 at 23:51 GMT
I got all of them, hydrargyrum is hard to spell. I can see how their symbols derived from these.
Oct 6th, 2009 at 13:38 GMT
yeah latin wahtever!
Feb 13th, 2010 at 18:43 GMT
Can you name the elements from their uses or origins?: http://www.sporcle.com/games/WCRoentgen/elements
Apr 19th, 2010 at 23:22 GMT
Cupric... cupricium... cuprium... cupridium... cup-- ah fug it. Gave up, and lost hope for several of the others. Shoulda known natrium, but the others I missed, I genuinely missed.
Aug 12th, 2010 at 10:28 GMT
maybe there should be a quiz in which is contained all of the hard to spell/remember elements and their latin names :/
Aug 24th, 2010 at 16:17 GMT
If you asked me five months ago I would have aced this =P
Jan 15th, 2011 at 14:25 GMT
Actually, tungsten is wolframium in Latin. You might want to add that.
Feb 4th, 2011 at 20:49 GMT
26 seconds first try :)
May 15th, 2011 at 03:02 GMT
i only got aurum because of artemis fowl
Jul 31st, 2011 at 18:49 GMT
i thought it was argentium. At least thats what I learnt it as...
Sep 29th, 2011 at 22:58 GMT
I enjoyed looking up the origin of sodium after the debate above. Sodium like natrium comes from a plant name. Potassium is a latinization of pot-ash. Pot may or may not be latinate in origin but pot ash is clearly german/english in origin.
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