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Why do Americans say 'aluminium' weirdly?

In my latest blog post, I explored the curious question of why Americans pronounce 'aluminium' differently. It turns out, the answer lies in the pages of linguistic history. British chemist Sir Humphry Davy, who discovered the metal, initially named it 'alumium', then 'aluminum', and finally settled on 'aluminium' to align with other element names. However, Americans stuck with the earlier version 'aluminum', hence the difference. It's a fascinating insight into how language evolves and differs across regions.