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Note 310 – Comparing sulphate and sulfate

The six main resonance structures of the sulfa...

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If you read yesterday’s post (the word verdigris), you will have noticed that I included a quote from where they used the word sulfate. Thinking they had spelled* it wrong (*or spelt in British English), I googled it and lo and behold sulfate is the American Way of spelling it (I must learn to trust dictionaries!).

Oxford dictionaries online define sulphate as “a salt or ester of sulphuric acid”, also explaining that it comes from French sulfate and Latin sulphur (late 18th century).

According to yahoo! answers “IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) adopted the spelling ‘sulfate’ in 1990, and other institutions followed suit”. Interesting…

So, in a nutshell, sulphate is the ‘British English’ spelling and sulfate is the ‘American English’ and also the IUPAC standard way of spelling it according to Wikipedia.

That’s all for today

Until tomorrow…


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I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


3 thoughts on “Note 310 – Comparing sulphate and sulfate

  1. I’m glad you “realized” the difference.


    Posted by Bruce Stambaugh | March 5, 2012, 9:54 pm
  2. ha ha – thanks for the comment Bruce πŸ™‚

    Posted by Sandra Madeira | March 6, 2012, 6:58 am


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