I’m hard at work today on a pretty awesome if-I-do-say-so-myself script for the YouTubes, and I learned something neat. As you probably already know, at least if you’ve ever looked at a periodic table, Iron gets its symbol Fe from its Latin name “ferrum”. That’s not what I learned.
But what you might not know (I didn’t) is that “iron” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which definition traces back to “holy metal”. Why? Because the earliest samples of pure iron collected by ancient humans, Egyptian beads dating back to 3500 BC, were collected directly from meteorites.
It’s only natural that they viewed this metal as a gift from the gods!
(image of meteoric iron via Wikipedia)