Sulfur, Sulfa ----- Sulphur?

Jim McKenney
Thu, 10 Nov 2005 05:33:36 PST
"I especially like the Greek one. It looks so nicely written!
Bill Richardson"

That Greek one is a lot more familiar to many of you than you may at first
realize. Transliterated from the Greek alphabet, it's theiaphi. That's the
modern Greek. The classical Greek is, again transliterated, theion (another
form: theaphion is more like the modern form).

This Greek word is the source of all those chemical names for sulphur
compounds which begin thio- such as thiosulphate, thiamin and so on. 

Jim McKenney

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