Monday, 16 April 2012

Origin of the word Gasoline

What does gasoline mean, origin of the word? Why is it called gas when it is a liquid? Difference between petroleum and gas?
These questions sort of keep popping up and I never really understood the why?
I went scratching around and found an article at Oxford Dictionaries that has changed my understanding of the words gas and gasoline.

The article you can find at Oxford Dictionaries

Read and learn, it’s not what I expected, and contrary to the universally accepted norm that it originated in the USA/Canada during the late 1850’s.
If one looks at the dateline the word gasoline originated in Britain
But, is this the final word, so to speak?