Some his­tory

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Where does the word “gaso­line” come from? In 1862, a re­source­ful Brit called John Cas­sell ped­dled his patented petroleum prod­uct called Caze­line Oil. By the way, the word “petroleum” is Latin and means min­eral oil. Cas­sell’s Caze­line was used in lamps and lanterns and it was pop­u­lar be­cause it pro­duced an unusu­ally bright flame.

An Ir­ish­man by the name of Sa­muel Boyd sold an imi­ta­tion of Cas­sell’s oil, and to side­step the patent law, he mar­keted his prod­uct as Gaze­lene.

Boyd’s Gaze­lene was later used in Amer­i­can sparkig­ni­tion en­gines and the name even­tu­ally mor­phed into “gaso­line”. The Bri­tish colonies stuck with the sci­en­tific name “petroleum”, short­ened to “petrol”. Most na­tions in the world, how­ever, use the word “ben­zine” (not to be con­fused with “ben­zene”), while Spain and Por­tu­gal also re­fer to petrol as “gaso­line”.

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