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"Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2007/1/2 11:55
From Bozeman
Posts: 19931
I know it's completely irrelevant, but just for fun... which one do you prefer? Any reason? It's always seemed to be about 50/50. "Sulfur" is another choice, but I've never seen it used for the bugs.

Posted on: 2009/5/7 13:28

Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"
2006/9/9 9:29
From Monessen, PA
Posts: 22799
I have probably used all three depending on my mood or if I'm replying to a post with one or the other spelling.

Posted on: 2009/5/7 13:42
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Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2006/9/16 10:36
Posts: 6962
I like Sulphur, the Harrisburg area should have the big Sulphur now??

Posted on: 2009/5/7 13:49
I don't care if you have been doing it that way for a hundred years, that doesn't mean that is the best way to do it!


Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2007/7/2 19:40
Posts: 15303
after I moved down to trifocals they all came under the heading of little-uh-stuff.
Took a couple of years to realize they weren't making the hook eyes smaller.

Posted on: 2009/5/7 13:50
Obstrification> The fine art of confusing liberals.

Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2008/1/21 19:15
From Pittsburgh
Posts: 2767
I'm completely dependant on spell check these days, so whichever version it picks is my choice!

Posted on: 2009/5/7 14:17

Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2007/5/29 14:32
From SE PA - Montgomery County
Posts: 637
Just off the top of my head I would say;

The element has traditionally been spelled sulphur in the United Kingdom (since the 14th Century)[3], 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, Canada, and the Philippines. IUPAC adopted the spelling “sulfur” in 1990, as did the Royal Society of Chemistry Nomenclature Committee in 1992[4] and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England and Wales recommended its use in 2000.[5]

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.[6][7]

Posted on: 2009/5/7 15:53

Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2008/6/25 9:41
From Pgh
Posts: 1256
I prefer the Pittsburgh version...


Posted on: 2009/5/7 16:15
"I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it's the one thing I can think of that probably doesn't." --John Gierach

Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"

2006/9/13 10:18
From LV
Posts: 8078
Would that be the Classical period of Jimi? I prefer Sulphur.

Posted on: 2009/5/7 19:45
There is always time to do more to protect wild trout.

Re: "Sulphur" vs "Sulpher"
2006/9/13 12:42
From Altoona, PA
Posts: 2259
Either way... fish a lime trude!

Posted on: 2009/5/7 21:02
Never challenge a cat to a staring contest

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