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spelling of barite

Posted by D.D. Trent  
Re: spelling of barite
May 17, 2012 02:40PM
Don't you all know that BaSO4 occurs in nature in two modifications - baright and bawrong? smiling smiley (or is it barong? why bother with the "w"?! - it makes it sound like 'boron')

Historical names deserve respect and memory but aren't necessarily used forever. Modernization happens sometimes.
Why not settle on the knowledge that there are two different spellings that can be found in the literature and neither is superior to the other?

If we go back 150-200 years, there are so many nice names in the mineralogical literature ... and no sign of the modern craze with the multitude of phosphates, amphiboles, sulfosalts, complex alkaline silicates, etc. ... and not so much American influence in the English-language publications ... mostly the British winking smiley
Those were the times! "Rule, Britannia! rule the pages!" But leave barite and aluminum alone, please...

P.S. And please don't force us in America to convert into using SI units either... grinning smiley
avatar Re: spelling of barite
May 17, 2012 03:41PM
Well, thank you all for your opinions, but if you want to change the spelling of the mineral baryte, write to the IMA, not to mindat!

avatar Re: spelling of barite
May 18, 2012 10:21AM
Yes, we can do that, but it is much more fun to torment baryte people here.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Re: spelling of barite
July 03, 2012 12:53PM
Hämatit it is ; ) Much more practical to have a specific letter ä instead of ae or ö instead of oe and Uwe, I invite you for an öl in Munchen if we see each other!
Re: spelling of barite
July 03, 2012 06:46PM
Well now that we have solved the barite/baryte issue and are well on the way to solving the worlds problems with beer let's through into the beer mash my pet peeve with celestite/celestine..... No wonder the world can never be at peace if we can agree how to spell!

Danny Jones
avatar Re: spelling of barite
July 03, 2012 08:10PM
I'm really not sure just why people feel compelled to waist their time (time and time again) arguing about trivial stuff like this. I think we all accept that commonly used names are spelled differently in different languages. I think most collectors will recognize that barite = baryte = barit = barytine. There are numerous other examples of how American English diverges from English English that rarely receive any comment at all, except from my spell-checker. Perhaps we can spend out time and energies worrying about bigger issues, such as the ever-increasing price of a pint of beer, or why the English national football team never seems to do very well.

And as an aside, "barytes" (pronounced "bear-rite-ease") is the term for commercial barite/baryte ore, analogous to the use of "fluorspar" to denote commercially mined fluorite.

Re: spelling of barite
July 06, 2012 06:11PM
Jesse - Now you have done it! "English National FOOTBALL Team"! I don't know what the English play but it is not Football!

Danny Jones
avatar Re: spelling of barite
July 06, 2012 07:17PM
Yes it looks nothing like real football, Canadian Football!!! In the US they play a modified version of Canadian Football. I think the English mean soccer or rugby when they talk of "football".confused smiley
Re: spelling of barite
July 06, 2012 09:27PM
Danny and Rob please, let an European know why the North Americans name their game "football"? I watched one time such a game and realised that the most time the "subject" (is definitely not a ball) is carried by the hand.

And why allow the English to name our gentle and real football soccer?

Uwe Ludwig
Re: spelling of barite
July 09, 2012 01:52PM
As Google said both are correct :D

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