The lasagne recipe reminded me of some trivia that I only found out recently. I always thought that Americans pronounced the word A-loo-min-um because, well, they butcher a lot of English words. But it’s not the case.
Turns out that the element was originally name Alumium. Considered unwieldy, it was soon changed to Aluminum. However, adding to the confusion, it was later standardized to Aluminium to conform with the ending of most of the other element names.
Unfortunately, by the time it was standardized, Aluminum was already in popular use, particularly in the US where it was prevalent in scientific publications and even company names. So it stuck in this part of the world.
Both pronunciations have a valid claim to being ‘correct’ and this is one case where “American English” isn’t to blame for being unnecessarily difficult.
Here’s a reference to the whole sordid tale.
Be damned if I’m spelling “colour” with a ‘u’ though. 😉