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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2005, 08:32:08 am »

Dihydrogen monoxide. You don't have two "ides" in one chemical name -- the cation keeps its normal name (usually) and the anion gets an "ide" on it.

"Dihydrogen monoxide" is technically correct, even though you don't really need the numerical prefixes. "Hydrogen oxide" is perfectly acceptable, since in water hydrogen and oxygen both keep their normal oxidation numbers, but "dihydrogen monoxide" does sound wonderfully more menacing.

Although it's still misleading because it doesn't accurately reflect what happens when you ionize water -- the *most* useful term for water from a chemist's point of view would be "hydrogen hydroxide", which is what water acts like when it acts like a base, or "hydroxilic acid", what water acts like when it acts like an acid.

Scary as the "monoxide" in "dihydrogen monoxide" is, "hydroxilic acid" sounds wonderfully scarier, doesn't it?
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2005, 01:56:04 am »

I've heard that almost all modern power plants use dihydrogen monoxide, hydrogen hydroxide, and hydroxilic acid in equal parts; even some solar plants!  All of them but Hydro-electric plants and some solar plants boil the stuff into a gas!  Of course, our fore-fathers aren't free from blame either; many mills - grain, wood, you name it - made use of this unusual chemical, never knowing that it had a PH of 7.
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2005, 05:20:11 pm »

You had me there until you said 'unusual'. Even in the universe as a whole, water isn't exactly unusual (to the extent that anything other than pure hydrogen or helium isn't unusual)
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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2005, 08:29:47 pm »

You know that a Slave shield actually isn't "protective" at all towards the species on the planet?

I'm ofcourse gearing towards the sky being red instead of blue... And the effect that has against various insects/other animals..
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2005, 09:53:37 pm »

Water itself is not "unusual" in the sense that it's hard to find, but it's unusual in that it has various properties that it's very hard to find in any other substance. That's partly by virtue of it being such a simple compound -- in the same sense, you can say that pure hydrogen is an "unusual" substance too -- but it's still true. For many purposes you could easily replace sodium chloride with potassium chloride or another salt for a particular application, but there's very few things you could replace water with.
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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2005, 08:05:40 pm »

Yep, I meant its physical properties, just like Art mentioned.  A solid form less dense than the liquid form, even if it's compacted?  Ludicrous!
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2005, 06:28:09 am »

Dihydrogen monoxide is a perfectly acceptable name -- consider carbon tetrahydride, dihydrogen sulfate and... man, I feel like a dork for playing this game.
You can drop -di- off of hydrogen but the -mon- distinguishes water from its dioxide.
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« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2005, 05:22:31 am »

water water everywhere
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