RE: New contributions for WG2

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Wed May 28 2003 - 13:54:10 EDT

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    At 18:45 +0100 2003-05-28, wrote:
    >In n2586.pdf I notice the following phrase.
    >"ferrous iron sulphate"
    >This appears to be a tautology.
    >The metal iron when in metal salts can sometimes be ferrous
    >(tendency to pale green colour) or ferric (tendency to brown colour).
    >There is a salt named ferrous sulphate. The word ferrous implies
    >that it must be iron, yet gives more information about the
    >chemistry. So, given the use of the word ferrous one would not use
    >the word iron.

    The Swedish is "ferrohydrosulfat", so my use of "iron" is an error on
    my part. Ferrous hydrosulphate, I guess it is.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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