At #119, Culturium Is Newest Addition

If you have a periodic table of elements on your wall, it's time to get it updated. Earlier this summer, chemists announced four new names, including Nihonium, which was discovered in Japan.  (Nihon is the Japanese word for "Japan"!)

 The periodic table of elements. Note: This is before the new names were assigned to nos. 113, 115, 117, and 118.

The periodic table of elements. Note: This is before the new names were assigned to nos. 113, 115, 117, and 118.

In the spirit of expanding our global wisdom, we would like to humbly introduce an older element that is often misunderstood but critical to today's international business and travel. 

Announcing Element #119: Culturium!

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.