[Ads-l] Antedating of "Hydrogen"

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 25 00:37:07 UTC 2022

Etymonline (Douglas Harper*) dates its origin to 1787

*hydrogen (n.)*
colorless, gaseous element, 1791, hydrogene, from French *hydrogène*
(Modern Latin *hydrogenium*), coined 1787 by G. de Morveau, Lavoisier,
Berthollet, and Fourcroy from Greek *hydr-*, stem of *hydor* "water" (from
suffixed form of PIE root **wed-* (1) "water; wet") + French *-gène*
"producing" (see *-gen*).

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Mark Mandel

On Wed, Nov 23, 2022, 5:03 PM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> hydrogen (OED 1791)
> 1790 _Times_ 17 June 3/4 (Newspapers.com)
> Dr. Beddoes, Mr. Edwards, a Commoner of Pembroke College, and Mr. Sadler,
> the famous English aerostatist, sent up a balloon from Pembroke College
> garden, filled with hydrogen gas from marshes.
> Fred Shapiro
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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