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Neodymium or Neodynium?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Daniel Elliott, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. I've seen it in print and online both ways. Various periodic tables have it spelled both ways also. Which is correct?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's ALWAYS neodymium AFAIK. Exception: aluminium ;)

  3. Neodynium
    As a member of the fourteen member lanthanide series, this element has few properties which distinguish it from the other members of the series. All of them along with lanthanum, yttrium, and scandium occur in very small quantities in nature. The usual source is the mineral monazite, or monazite sand, which is a mixture of phosphates containing also some thorium phosphate.

    Neodynium has found recent use in the manufacture of rare earth magnets which produce very high magnetic field strengths with small masses.



    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    Dan. Did you get in an argument with Bob? Bob can't spell. Trust me on this one. I've been there remember. :)
  5. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    There you have it, again both versions... Call it what you want, we will know what you mean... and this would only look like a minor mistake compared to the spelling of some people... :eek: ;) :D
  6. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    "Too damn expensive" in my dictionary.
  7. Neodymium is right.
  8. kmacleish


    Nov 19, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    What he said.

    Neodynium is not in any of the three dictionaries I checked, so it does not even seem to be any sort of alternate spelling.
  9. Woodboy


    Jun 9, 2003
    St. Louis, MO
    When is GK going to introduce their NEODYMIUM cabs?
  10. Well we showed a 112, a 212 and a 115 at the NAMM show. I don't have an official shipping date yet, but we're just finalizing a few cosmetic issues then it'll be ready for production.
  11. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Neodymium! It's the way of the future! 2x10's that weighs 20kg instead of 35Kg and still sound good - how can you argue with that?

    Good move GK.
  12. VicDamone


    Jun 25, 2000
  13. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia

    Cheaper than Phisotherapy......
  14. My money's on neodymium.

    I'm still hoping that someday we'll all agree on the proper pronunciation of "piezo."
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Fat chance, Terry. You should hear some of the other gems, like Epiphone and Fodera.
  16. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
  17. marklinca


    Nov 11, 2003
    So Cal
    From a marketing standpoint, I think you want to go with the "neodynium" spelling since that is the industry standard spelling (for your industry anyway). Otherwise the lesser-educated folk will think that you can't spell, and your customer support line will be filled with inquiries as to whether "neodymium" is the same as "neodynium".

    Edit - Late night dyslexia. Definitely the "m" is proper, but the "n" is a surprisingly common mistake as judged by a Yahoo search.
  18. Somehow I feel a song coming:

    "You say neodymium, I say neodynium..."
  19. It's not the industry standard spelling. I can't find any evidence that it's standard spelling anywhere at all. AFAICT, it's just a mistake--a common one, but a mistake.

    Dictionaries have -m-, not -n-. And if you Google on both terms, you'll find that -m- outnumbers -n- by something like 50 to 1. On MEDLINE it's more than 80 to 1. To me it's clearly a mistake resulting from false analogy to words like plutonium and titanium.

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