With all due respect, John, if we buy all our “chemicals” from a
chemical supply house, then the proper chemical names are appropriate.
However, if you went into places of business which commonly stock many
of these common chemicals, they wouldn’t know what you were talking
about if you asked for them by their technical names. Not my job to
educate and enlighten the hardware store, ceramics supply, grocery
store, pool and garden supply clerks of the world, or to put them down
with my technical jargon. Words are meant to communicate. Sometimes
the most technically correct word doesn’t do that very well. "Modern"
ain’t always “better”. The word which gets the point across the
quickest and cheapest (time being money) in a given situation, is the
word for me.
who, with hundreds of hours of chemistry lab to her name, still likes
bleach, borax, creme of tartar, Epsom salts, gypsum, kaolin, liver of
sulfur, muriatic acid, plaster of paris, … and
occasionally salt and vinegar on her fish and chips.