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01/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfur

While testing out a piece of software at work, I noticed one of the columns referred to "sulfur". Just before filing a low level problem report to correct the spelling mistake, I decided to make sure it wasn't one of the those English/American things.

It was. Worse still:

IUPAC adopted the spelling “sulfur” in 1990, as did the Royal Society of Chemistry Nomenclature Committee in 1992[10] and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England and Wales recommended its use in 2000.[11] The spelling of the term in non-official texts is gradually becoming uniform as sulfur.

Dang. Lost that spelling war too.

Wikipedia states that it's considered "an essential component of all living cells." I'd always thought of sulphur as simply being one of those elements that exists solely to make nauseating compounds...


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Comment from: dena [Member]  

Students frequently use the initials “CHONS” as a memory device for remembering the basic building blocks of life at the cellular level… carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur.

(I still want to spell it with a ‘ph’ myself, but have gone to the ‘dark side’ simply because it is spelled “sulfur” in the periodic tables used in schools now.)

There’s not lots of sulfur present– you find it in the proteins as I think almost a third of amino acids contain this element.

And speaking of nauseating compounds… it is the sulfur in our diet that gives us the ‘oomph’ in our SBDs… all hail hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans!


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