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Old 02-29-2016, 11:26 PM
Rick Kitchen Rick Kitchen is offline
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Originally Posted by california jobcase View Post
Whenever I read someone is an alum, I wonder how he could be an aluminum potassium sulfate. Might he be used in pickles?

Finishing the word with -nus (or -na for a female) really wouldn't be that hard.
But that's the word that is used in general practice, that's not a mistake.