Spore elements

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:49:28 PDT
I was a bit snippy in my reply, for which I apologize.  I did not want 
persons with English as a 2nd or 3rd language to use the article as a 
language guide.  Many of the chemical terms were incorrect or not English.

German is my 2nd language, and I have trouble writing in it whenever I 
try.  Fortunately, the world's universal language for science is now 
English (it was German when I was in grad school), so I have not had much 
trouble on that score in the last several decades.

Jim Shields

At 08:52 PM 8/23/2012 +0100, you wrote:
>Fair comment Jim,
>  I see various other articles I find via google seem to use the term "spore
>elements" though I scanned them only briefly. Those articles appear to have
>German or Dutch origins  too. A quick search of the term "spoor elements"
>did not reveal, for me,the term in connection with what I am used to
>calling "trace elements".
>However incorrect -the use of the term "spore elements" seems to be around,
>albeit through mistranslation, and I admit that I have not heard it before.
>When I read the term first, I expected it to refer to something mycorrhizal.
>Peter (UK)
>On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM, J.E. Shields <jshields@indy.net> wrote:
> > I think I see the tracks of this usage.  In German, Spur means track (e.g.,
> > bear tracks in the woods) and trace (very small amounts).  Spoor is
> > Afrikaans for track, from old Dutch "spor."
> >
> > The article cited by Peter seems to have been translated from a German
> > original, and contains numerous mis-spellings and incorrect usages.  It is
> > not a suitable reference for English usages or spellings.
> >
> > Jim Shields
> >
> >

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