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Spelling and Grammar Errors on Mindat

Posted by Vik Vanrusselt  
Vik Vanrusselt January 26, 2012 03:08PM
Please DO use this thread to post all errors related to SPELLING and GRAMMAR.

Please DO NOT use this thread to post errors related to TECHNICAL or NUMERICAL DATA (e.g. crystallography etc.)

I will do my best to fix anything that is mentioned here as soon as possible.

László Horváth January 26, 2012 04:23PM

I am not sure if you have authority to correct mineral names, but remondite-(Ce) and -(La) should be changed to rémondite-(Ce) and -(La).

Norman King January 26, 2012 09:57PM
Locality designation: Gösleswand (Goslerwand), Prägraten, Virgen valley, East Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria (mindat.org/loc-19131)–the word “valley” should be capitalized.

Locality designation: Amerbach valley, Felben valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
(mindat.org/loc-53385)–both occurrences of “valley” should be capitalized.

Ulexite page:

In Crystallography of Ulexite, Morphology: The second sentence contains the misspelled word “randoly” that should be “randomly.”

Clinozoisite page:

The word “volume” is misspelled in this Reference: “Holland, T.J.B., Redfern, S.A.T., and Pawley, A.R. (1996), Vlume behavior of hydrous minerals at high pressure and temperature: II. Compressibilities of lawsonite, zoisite, clinozoisite and epidote. American Mineralogist: 81: 341-348.”

Paranatrolite page:

Note this Reference: “Khomyakov, A.P., G.Y. Cherepivskaya, and M.G. Mikheeva (1986): First paranatrolite ¯nds in the USSR. Doklady Acad. Nauk SSSR, 288, 214-217 (in Russian).”

“¯nds” is a typo, but I don’t know what it is supposed to be.

Rutile page:

(This is in the crystallography section, but it simply relates to a word choice.) In Crystallography of Rutile, Twinning: “On {011} common. Often genticulated; also contact twins of very varied habit.”

The unfortunate choice of words here is “genticulated” for bent. It should be “geniculated,” which unequivocally means "bent." Genticulated has come to mean that one talks to himself or herself, although it may still be used as an alternative form for geniculate in anatomy. I'd change it!:-D
László Horváth January 27, 2012 04:37PM

Paranatrolite: the partially missing word should be finds
Dennis Tryon January 27, 2012 06:56PM
I symphathize with the folks who have nothing better to do.

You could continue this into the individual posts. You would find people who can't even consistently spell their own name.


Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/27/2012 07:42PM by Dennis Tryon.
Toby Billing January 27, 2012 10:42PM
Dennis, it is important on the mineral pages that everything is correct, a scientific website with many grammar and spelling errors is not on and I think that is all the above posters are checking for and fixing, everyone makes mistakes from time to time so there is a need to check.

I for one assume if there is poor spelling and sloppy sentences in a document (not talking Mindat here by the way, just general) that the author is lazy and therefore tend to disregard it, spelling is important, more so in science!
Debbie Woolf January 28, 2012 12:36AM
Dennis, without volunteers this site would not be what it is today, it would be full of rubbish, spelling errors & just photo's, would you consider it such an invaluable on-line resource then ? We need more people like Vik, Laszlo & Norman to step up & help correct/point out errors, it's not a job most managers can dedicate time to.

There is no need for disparaging comments for those who give up time to help correct the database.

Vik has just started up a 'good cause' here & needs encouragement & thanks goes out to anyone prepared to help.

Craig Mercer January 28, 2012 01:46AM
Lol three edits there Dennis, any spelling mistakes ? or just typo's ;-)

Craig....got it
Norman King January 28, 2012 05:37AM

I presume you saw the information about the paranatrolite reference provided by Laszlo (Thanks, Laszlo!).

New stuff:

Galena page:

This sentence appears in the introductory comments: “Galena is the primary ore mineral of lead. Worked for its lead content as early as 3000 BC, it is found in ore veins with sphalerite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, fahlore etc., skarns, and in sedimentary rocks as beds or impregnations.

OK, first, there should be a comma after “fahlore.” Second, I must confess that I had never heard of “fahlore” until I read this page. Why not say “tennantite-tetrahedrite,” a term (synonym of fahlore) that 99% of us would know? Next, there is no such thing as a “bed” of galena. “Beds” refer only to material deposited as a result of sedimentary processes. A solid mass of galena may replace limestone, however, but that is a hydrothermal event, not a sedimentary event. Finally, “impregnation” is meaningless as a geological term.

I suggest rewording the pertinent sentence thus: “Worked for its lead content as early as 3000 BC, it is found in ore veins with sphalerite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, and tennantite-tetrahedrite, etc., and in skarns, as well as in sedimentary rocks where it may replace carbonate beds or be deposited in pore spaces.

Cuprite page:

This appears in Physical Properties of Cuprite, Colour: “Dark red to conchineal red, . . . " Replace “conchineal” with “cochineal.”

Ferrohornblende page:

This reference is cited: “Barnes, V.E. (1930) hanges in hornblende at about 800°. American Mineralogist: 15: 393-417.” The first word of the title should be “Changes.”

Schorl page:

This reference is cited: “Aurisicchio, C., Ottolini, L., and Pezzotta, F. (1999): Electron- and on-microprobe analyses, and genetic interferences of tourmalines of the foitite-schorl solid solution, Elba Island (Italy). Eurpean Journal of Mineralogy: 11, 217-225.” The title should be “Electron- and ion-microprobe analyses . . . .“

Antigorite page:

This appears in the introduction: “The type material was collected from outcrops of the Geisspfad serpentinite, at the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is not clear, in which country the material was sampled.” In the second sentence, delete the comma after “clear.” I suggest rewording those sentences thus: “The type material was collected near the border between Switzerland and Italy from outcrops of the Geisspfad serpentinite. It is not clear in which country the material was obtained.”
Vik Vanrusselt January 28, 2012 12:42PM
fixed everything so far (including the 'finds' in the Paranatrolite entry)

Paul De Bondt February 01, 2012 07:24PM
Hi all,

Just to tell the POTD have a misspelling, it's the Col des BagEnelles and not BagAnelles.

I hope this helps.

Take care and best regards.

Jason Evans February 12, 2012 01:21AM
Irgizite, I think should be Irghizite. At least every website I look up about it has it named Irghizite.
David Von Bargen February 12, 2012 12:52PM
"Irgizite" - Where on mindat is it used?
Vik Vanrusselt February 12, 2012 10:03PM

Jason was referring to this: http://www.mindat.org/min-40460.html

Before i fixed it, it was spelled Irgizite (without the H).

I also added the latitude & longitude for the crater.

Jason Evans February 15, 2012 12:47AM
I noticed Irghiszite has been corrected but its still spelled Irgizite in the description of Tektites, sorry for being picky!
Norman King February 15, 2012 03:09AM
Irghizite is also spelled without the "h" in the mindat Index of Minerals.
Don Windeler February 15, 2012 07:18AM
OK, I'm going to rant for a moment -- sorry.

There is a rampant misuse of the term "comprise", which (on the whole) is treated better in MinDat than most places.

Good example : "The granite from Monkeyfart Knob comprises quartz, muscovite, and potassium feldspar."
Bad example: "The granite from Monkeyfart Knob is comprised of quartz, muscovite, and potassium feldspar."

The general usage I have always hewed to is as follows:
Rock A comprises minerals X, Y, and Z.
Rock A consists of minerals X, Y, and Z.
Rock A is composed of minerals X, Y, and Z.

To keep the sedimentologists happy, "Formation A comprises units X, Y, and Z."

There is at least one mineral dealer I rather (otherwise) like to whom I have pointed this out but consistently uses this in their descriptions. Argh.

One could argue that "OK, but this has become common usage in English." Bullpuckey. That's lazy -- sort of like saying that everyone screws it up, so we might as well give up and call it good. As in "The data is in favor of this proposition". No, the data are in favor. (I continue to wage guerrilla warfare against this usage by changing it and accepting my own changes in documents I send to others when I think it will make a difference.)

Yes, I probably have better things to do with my life, but every cause needs a champion.

Jason Evans February 15, 2012 11:39AM
Where is Monkeyfart Knob?
Norman King February 15, 2012 12:28PM
Some of us (we) sedimentologists are also irked every time we see "rock A is comprised of X, Y, and Z." Doesn't everyone besides Don and me (I) know that is incorrect? Unfortunately, it occurs in many texts which (that) I did not edit, people know what the author meant, and I do indeed have better things to do than try to correct every sloppy or downright incorrect grammatical construction I see. There are just too many. But I'm glad people are trying to keep we (us) sedimetologists happy.

And thank you for "data are" and "datum is." That one is even more (just as) hopeless.

* * * *

EDIT (and I bet someone out there already caught this one):

"Just as hopeless" is wrong. You are either hopeless or you have hope, so I should have written: "That one is even more (also) hopeless." It's like either being either alive or dead. There's no such thing as "slightly dead." Isn't language fun?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/17/2012 09:20PM by Norman King.
Craig Mercer February 17, 2012 03:34AM
Probably time for sleep Norman ;-). My head hurts after that (It's like either being either alive or dead) :-S that makes me feel half dead, too many eithers. Actually I'm hoping or hopeful that there is no hopefulness and only hope, hopefully.
Steven Kittleson February 17, 2012 02:41PM

Shouldn't that be "Spelling and Grammatical Errors on Mindat"...LOL. I couldn't resist. To be honest, I'm a frequent offender also, especially in punctuation.


To absent friends...in memory...still bright.
Vik Vanrusselt February 17, 2012 05:03PM

this issue might be debatable. As I understand it, there are 2 possible interpretations:

1: "Spelling", "Grammar" and "Errors" are all nouns.
2: "Spelling" and "Grammar/Grammatical" are adjectives, while "Errors" is a noun.

English is not my mother tongue (Flemish/Dutch) is, so forgive me for not remembering all of its linguistic peculiarities.

In a distant past (2003) I graduated in multilingual translation (Dutch, English, French and German), and have been using all of these languages on a daily basis, so I like to think I do catch the most obvious errors here on Mindat (when I feel like looking for them that is...).

Keep the errors coming (or rather, try not to make any more :-p), I will correct them whenever I can...

Norman King February 17, 2012 10:20PM
It should indeed be “grammatical error.” Note that there is no adjectival form of the word “spelling.” Therefore, there cannot be a construction parallel to “grammatical error.” The phrase “spelling error” is a compound noun.

There are no rules for compound nouns. Some are normally spelled as a single word, such as housekeeper. Others are normally hyphenated, such as house-fly. Still others are two separate words, such as house detective. In these cases, however, the alternate spellings are usually acceptable. There are no general rules. You just have to know what the preferred form is. But a few compound nouns must be hyphenated, such as paper-clip, to distinguish it from paper clip, which is a clip made of paper. There are some compound nouns used in mineralogy. “Streak test” is one. In this case, it is probably clear to everyone that it isn’t spelled “streak-test” or “streaktest.”

We could say “spelling errors and grammatical errors on mindat.” Compound nouns have to stay together, so neither “spelling and grammar errors on mindat” nor “spelling and grammatical errors on mindat” is correct.

However, to be more elegant, we might say “errors in spelling and grammar on mindat.” That avoids the issue altogether, so that is the rule I would follow.

Is this silly season, or what? (silly season n: a period marked by frivolous, outlandish, or illogical activity or behavior)
Mark & Linda Mahlum February 17, 2012 11:36PM
I believe that authors tend to disregard, but the author tends to disregard. Isn't that correct, Toby?
Olav Revheim February 27, 2012 09:38AM
The formula entered for Ferronybøite is incorrect. It should read NaNa2(Fe2+3Al2)(AlSi7)(OH)2

Vik Vanrusselt February 27, 2012 09:51AM

I fixed the formula for Ferronybøite (the formula for Ferric-Ferronybøite is left untouched, is this one correct or not?)


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2012 10:11AM by Vik Vanrusselt.
Amir C. Akhavan February 27, 2012 10:46AM
This can't be correct.
This mineral should almost explode when you touch it :-D
Probably just 22 oxygen atoms missing.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph February 27, 2012 10:49AM
Formula changed again to add the missing oxygen!
Jeff Weissman February 29, 2012 04:04PM
on http://www.mindat.org/min-40019.html and linked pages - naphthalene, not naphtalene
Vik Vanrusselt February 29, 2012 10:59PM
Naphthalene is now fixed.

Henry Minot April 10, 2012 02:12PM
There is a spelling error in the following location:

"Wiscassett, Lincoln County, Maine, USA"

The correct spelling is" Wiscasset" (one t at the end, not two).

Henry Minot

Seems to have been fixed - Thanks!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2012 02:35PM by Henry Minot.
Andrea Sansoni April 17, 2012 03:22PM
I don`t know if this is the right place to point this out, but the correct spelling of the locality "Cozzodisi Mine" is "Cozzo Disi Mine". That is the famous sulfur mine in Sicily, the error has propagated worldwide by now but should probably be fixed.
Paul De Bondt April 17, 2012 03:48PM
The error on the Cold des BagAnelles PODT is still there ! It's BagEnelles

I hope this helps.

Vik Vanrusselt April 17, 2012 09:26PM
Renamed Cozzodisi to Cozzo Disi.

Col des Bagenelles has apparently already been fixed (see http://www.mindat.org/loc-230935.html).

Tomas Husdal January 29, 2014 10:36PM

The first name in the reference should be Schlüter, not Schulter.

And "Neues Jahrbuch für ...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/29/2014 10:37PM by Tomas Husdal.
Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. January 29, 2014 11:31PM

Thank you! Fixed.

Chet Lemanski
Jyrki Autio September 02, 2014 12:47PM
On väyrynenite mineral page: "Named after Heikki Allen Väyrynen (1888-1956), professor of mineralogy, Technical High School, Helsinski (Finland).

Finnish capital shoud be Helsinki.
Uwe Kolitsch September 02, 2014 01:31PM
Thanks - fixed.
Ivan Vighetto September 03, 2014 01:18PM
In pedrizite page there's an occurrence of "sodicpadrizite" and two occurrences of "padrizite".
Knut Edvard Larsen September 03, 2014 07:32PM
Thanks Ivan, Fixed
Jason Evans September 03, 2014 09:33PM
I never did find out where Monkeyfart Knob is :-(
Jay I. G. Roland November 04, 2014 12:07PM
Hi folks, not sure if this is the right place to mention this but on the location page for Carrock Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria someone has managed to spell 'Kingsbury' (as in Sir Arthur) in two different ways and neither of them is correct.

Just thought I would mention it in case someone might make the corrections.



...take up thy stethoscope and walk...
Erik Vercammen November 04, 2014 12:35PM
I suppose this should be pyrite in the explanation about Berbes (http://www.mindat.org/loc-23096.html)

From a mineralogical point of view, the paragenesis from the whole Ana Mine area (La Cabaña, El Frondil, El Cueto L’Aspa and la Busteriza) is composed of: Fluorite, baryte, quartz, calcite as well as highly localized carbonates such as azurite and malachite, oxides such as goethite, sulfides such as üyrite and some others, much more scarce, like cinnabar and tetrahedrite.
Rob Woodside November 04, 2014 04:37PM
Thanks Jay, why would anyone show such disrespect to that great British mineralogist and misspell his name like that?:-D Fixed:-(
Thanks Eric fixed
Don Windeler November 04, 2014 06:21PM
Jason Evans Wrote:
> I never did find out where Monkeyfart Knob is :-(

Sorry, Jason, as far as I know that locality exists only in the dusty and convoluted recesses of my skull. Plenty of rocks there, none worth collecting. I think a glass of wine might have been involved during the original writeup.

In a coincidence apropos of nothing, this thread popped up again today just after I finished a note to a colleague who was musing about "data is" vs. "data are". All good fun.

Jay I. G. Roland November 04, 2014 06:26PM
Rob, I'm sure Sir Arthur Fibsbury would be spinning in his grave if he were to know his name was given in such a misinformed way, he being a great stickler for accuracy :-D

Spin away Arthur, spin away!



...take up thy stethoscope and walk...
Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. November 11, 2014 07:01PM

Definately "data are." (datum is)

BOB HARMAN November 11, 2014 09:36PM
CHESTER, While we are discussing spelling and grammar, your spelling should be "DEFINITELY", with an "i" and no "a". As an aside, I won all my spelling and grammar contests thru ought school and have spell check helping me as I write this. CHEERS………..BOB
Uwe Kolitsch November 11, 2014 10:13PM
"thru ought school and have spell check helping me"

It missed something ;-)

EDIT: Corrected a misprint of my own... ("someting")

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/11/2014 11:06PM by Uwe Kolitsch.
BOB HARMAN November 11, 2014 10:23PM
UWE , GOOD! You caught it! I was purposely playing a bit of a mind game with everyone and you did not disappoint. My faith is restored.
According to Webster, the correct spelling seems to be "throughout" or 'through-out". CHEERS……BOB
John Wilda (2) December 14, 2014 03:14AM
There are 2 green Prehnite photos shown as coming from the Lane Quarry in Northfield, MA. One is from The Schlicter Collection and the other is from the Ken Holloman Collection. I doubt they are from the Lane in Northfield and should be from the Lane in Westfield, MA.
Wayne Corwin December 14, 2014 04:44AM
I belive John is correct on both of those.
Rock Currier December 17, 2014 06:33AM
Is there a way to run a spell checker on all of the content of Mindat?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Alfredo Petrov December 17, 2014 07:49AM
I hope not, Rock, the results would be disastrous. For example, a few days ago a spellcheck program tried to change "anglesite" into "angle site".
The number of correct words made bad would probably exceed the number of errors made good.
Peter Nancarrow December 17, 2014 12:34PM
I would second Alfredo's comment!

Modern software is more context sensitive, I know, but in the earlier days of PC spell checking, where a word would only be flagged up if it wasn't in the custom dictionary, on several occasions, automatic "corrections" changed my originally intended terminology for the worse. I recall examples such as "birefringent" being substituted for "birefringence", and "refraction" for "diffraction", which unfortunately, due to time pressures on the day, slipped past my proof reading and ended up in signed reports!

In similar circumstances, one of my former colleagues also suffered the embarassment of sending out a letter to an important customer, which unfortunately began "Dead Sir, . . ." !

Pete N.
Robert Rothenberg December 17, 2014 01:18PM
I recently sent out several e-mail messages. The spell checker changes "bugs" to "bugs," and my favorite: "baotite" to "bootie." It took a while until I caught on.

Rock Currier December 22, 2014 02:49AM
Certainly an program that would automatically correct any misspelled words it thought it had found would be disastrous. But a program that would mark questionable words for an editor and make suggestions for correct spelling and offer a choice and alternative actions like just ignoring the questionable spelling, or placing it in a list of valid spellings etc before going on to the next one would, I think be very helpful. The same list of possible actions should also include a choice to access the dictionary and edit those entries would be very desirable.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Erik Vercammen April 21, 2015 11:27AM
On the page about "acmite", the explanation bout the chemical differences between the red and green specimens from the TL, contains 2 or 3 times 'og' instead of 'and'.
Alfredo Petrov April 21, 2015 11:52AM
Thanks, Erik.
Fred E. Davis April 21, 2015 12:34PM
Also, aegerine is spelled "aegerin" once, and the two photos illustrating the relationship between name and color are exactly opposite to the explanation in the text.
Rob Woodside April 21, 2015 02:10PM
Fred, please give me a link. I can't find what you are talking about on the aegirine page.
Timothy Greenland April 21, 2015 03:58PM
You reassure me Rob! I got your page too, and only saw the right one by following a link given by Alfredo P... I thought I was just geting old - but if you did it too, that can't be the explanationb...



PS Any plans to visit us in Lyon yet (perhaps for the MineraLyon show???)

Rob Woodside April 21, 2015 07:06PM
Thanks Uwe, Presumably you sorted out Fred's observation?

Thanks Tim. I'll take you up on your kind invite, but not sure when.
Fred E. Davis April 22, 2015 12:07PM

I was referring to this page: http://www.mindat.org/min-4471.html . This is also where the images and text don't agree. See image below for location of spelling issue:

Best regards,

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/22/2015 12:09PM by Fred E. Davis.
Jolyon & Katya Ralph April 22, 2015 01:25PM
Fixed, thank you
Jason Evans November 19, 2015 01:30PM
I was looking up about Geikielite and noticed a typo where it says Place of Conservation of Type Material: is listed as Naturalk History Museum, London 69078-69079, of course it should be Natural, without the k.
Bob Harman November 19, 2015 02:34PM
While technical and occasional spelling and grammatical errors on Mindat are inadvertent and occasionally occur, I am more concerned with just plain sloppy postings. These are virtually never made by Mindat members and regular users, but by visitors and occasionally some new members. They seem to me made by casual folks who just don't really care about their postings or spend any time previewing or editing their postings to get everything right.
Personally, I think that infrequent postings are so bad as to diminish the "professionalism aspect" of the Mindat website. Ideally I would like to see gentle reminders sent to these folks suggesting they preview and correct their future postings. CHEERS.....BOB
David Von Bargen November 19, 2015 02:38PM
Fixed natural
Leor Goldberg January 11, 2016 02:08AM

Collection is spelled incorrectly and stalagtitic isn't a word. As a sidenote, I don't believe the goethite is stalactic in habit -- though I will post that in the appropriate forum.
Leor Goldberg January 11, 2016 02:20AM
Before I post more, should this page be reserved only for corrections regarding text written for the actual site? In other words, not for user-generated content?
Alfredo Petrov January 11, 2016 02:35AM
If you notice an error in someone's photo caption, the photographer might resolve it faster if you send them a PM directly, rather than posting it here. Not everyone reads all the messages on the Messageboards (I read maybe a third of all the messages every day, but I suspect lots of people read even fewer), so the photo uploader might never get notification of the error. In that case it's left to one of the site managers to write to the photographer, and so the work load was just done twice over.
Riccardo Modanesi April 05, 2016 09:31AM
Hi to everybody!
Then... color or colour? Theatre or theater? Program or programme? Gemologist or gemmologist?
What is more important is... we all understand one another when we write a message or an article!
Greetings from Italy by Riccardo.:)-D
Paul De Bondt April 05, 2016 12:19PM

You are probably right that " stalagtitic " is not the good word. Always happy to improve my English, which is not my native language.

Here you find 2 images of the side of the specimen. How would you describe the goethite, please ?

Thank you in advance.

Cheers from Belgium.


Chester S. Lemanski, Jr. April 05, 2016 02:37PM
Alfredo Petrov April 05, 2016 11:41PM
If the nouns are stalactite and stalagmite, then the adjectives should be stalactitic and stalagmitic, which would make Leor right, logically. (But then again, no one ever accused english of being a logically constructed language, so who knows...)
Keith Compton April 06, 2016 02:36AM
Hi Paul

I would have used the term columnar.

Jake Harper April 06, 2016 03:05AM
Radiating, stalagtitic!

All knowledge is vain, except where there be work
All work is empty except where there be love
Peter Nancarrow April 06, 2016 07:08AM
A stalagmite grows by accumulation of prcipitated mineral in the area where drips of solution fall to the bottom of a cavity, cave, overhang, etc, and the "splatter" tends to form a flat "stacked pancake" sort of structure (e.g.stalagmite cross-section) in contrast to the long thin core with parallel overgrowth typical of a stalactite, which has grown by accumulation of concentic longitudinal layers precipitated along what started out as a drip straw.

On that rationale, the goethite specimen shown above is almost certainly stalctitic, not stalagmitic, (with the top to the left in the photos).

Pete N

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/06/2016 07:09AM by Peter Nancarrow.
Uwe Kolitsch April 06, 2016 08:43AM
"Stalagtitic" is a misspelling.

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