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When elements 117 and 118 are finally named, should these new members of the halogen and noble gas families receive names ending in -ium as IUPAC has suggested? Brett F. Thornton and Shawn C. Burdette look at the history of element suffixes and make the case for not following this recommendation.

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  1. Brett F. Thornton is in the Department of Geological Sciences (IGV) and Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

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  2. Shawn C. Burdette is in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-2280, USA

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