I that was the only one i could think of when ytterbium and erbium etc didnt work.
I'm no chemist, just read the wikipedia aritcle and the citation to this claim.
Since the element in its "normal" state is paramagentic
chemists really liked this town huh
Molybdenum: Means "lead-like," from the Greek molybdos, meaning "lead," because it's very similar to a common type of lead ore.
Platinum: From the Spanish platina, meaning "little silver," because it was first discovered (by Europeans, anyway) in a silver mine.
Protactinium: Originally called "protoactinium," meaning "before actinium," because it was discovered as the stage of uranium-235 decay right before actinium (uranium-235 decays into thorium-231, which decays into protactinium-231, which decays into actinium-227.)
Also nickel is a short of Kupfernickel, named after copper (literally, demon of copper).
I agree with @ecalot that nickel is named after copper. Also zirconium is named after gold https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium.
At a stretch you could argue that copernicium is also named after two elements since Nicolaus Copernicus' surname means copper+nickel
One to add for an element named after a woman - palladium was named after Pallas Athena the Greek goddess and can also translate to "little maiden"
Also you could argue Tellurium is named after the planet Earth.
Yttrium is Y, which is not a vowel, only a,e,i,o and u are. I dont think it should be included there.
Can anyone comment on why some native english speakers sometimes and it to the vowels?
Specify that we are talking about their English names, because many of the abbreviations come from their element's names in a language like latin
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