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Sulphur or Sulfur?

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When you try to harvest that yellowish mineral, it is called Sulfur. In the encyclopedia it is written as Sulphur though. One of them has to be corrected, I guess.

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its like color and colour all correct spelling only that one is british spelling and one is USA spelling so no worries :pickaxe:

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its like color and colour all correct spelling only that one is british spelling and one is USA spelling so no worries :)

Actually, as chemists know, 'sulfur' has been the IUPAC standard spelling for almost two decades.

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To me, I like Sulfur better, "Sulphur" just doesn't look right.

 

BTW, according to Firefox's Spell check, "sulphur" is incorrect.. don't know if that counts for anything.

Edited by Lexi

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To me, I like Sulfur better, "Sulphur" just doesn't look right.

 

BTW, according to Firefox's Spell check, "sulphur" is incorrect.. don't know if that counts for anything.

 

That's because you're using the USA/UK version of Mozilla. (I don't remember which is which spelling.)

 

Meh, I like 'Sulphur' personally. I think that's how we spell it in Chemistry.

 

The Almighty Google-Search goes Both ways though.

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They're both correct but if i spelled the word "sulfur" in my australian school, I'd be flamed.

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Taken from wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SulfurWikipedia-sulfur

 

The element has traditionally been spelled sulphur in the United Kingdom, most of the Commonwealth including India, Malaysia, South Africa and Hong Kong, along with the rest of the Caribbean and Ireland, but sulfur in the United States, while both spellings are used in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. IUPAC adopted the spelling “sulfur” in 1990, as did the Royal Society of Chemistry Nomenclature Committee in 1992[2] and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England and Wales recommended its use in 2000.[3]In Latin, the word is variously written sulpur, sulphur, and sulfur (the Oxford Latin Dictionary lists the spellings in this order).It means brimstone. It is an original Latin name and not a Classical Greek loan, so the ph variant does not denote the Greek letter φ. Sulfur in Greek is thion (θείον), whence comes the prefix thio-. The simplification of the Latin word's p or ph to an f appears to have taken place towards the end of the classical period, with the f spelling becoming dominant in the medieval period.[4

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