Maybe this is one of those words that can be spelleddifferently in different circumstances?http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/15573/alkali" Alkalies are strong bases that turn litmus paper from red to blue; they react with acids to yield neutral salts; and they are caustic and in concentrated form are corrosive to organic tissues. The term alkali is also applied to the soluble hydroxides of such alkaline-earth metals as calcium, strontium, and barium and also to ammonium hydroxide. The term was originally applied to the ashes of burned sodium- or potassium-bearing plants, from which the oxides of sodium and potassium could be leached."Howie52I was taught alkalies both at home and in the business - I worked ata chlor-alkali facility - and designed a few bleach facilities as well later on.This is not to say that I have not been spelling things wrong allmy life and career. But there is a bit of comfort that Britannica was convinced.
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