Friday, May 23, 2008

Salzsäure - don't put it on your potato chips!

After looking for a while today for hydrochloric acid, probably one of the most common of all laboratory chemicals, and not finding it, I was quite surprised. Turns out that in Germany, hydrochloric acid is actually salzsäure, literally "salt acid". apparently German just as full of silly trivial names as any other language. Take that, stereotype of the careful, meticulous German scientist. Us English-speakers tend to think we're the only ones with the ability to make simple things difficult, but it looks like people everywhere do it. People are people, no matter where you are.

1 comment:

SJC said...

Oh and kolhsaeure is not cabbage acid, but carbonic acid. Though I'm sure that there's cabbage flayoured bottled water to be found somewhere in Germany.