Names for 113 through 118

When peer-reviewed reports of discoveries of elements 113 to 118 have been confirmed, the discoverers will be able to suggest names for their discoveries. Doubtless as with roentgenium (111) and copernicium (112), they will have worthy people in mind, but I would suggest the following:
113 lazulium læ'z(j)uwlijəm], Lz after (lapis) lazuli, the deep blue mineral much valued in antiquity. The spectra of all the members of group 13 show prominent violet, blue, or green lines, hence a name to suggest the prediction that element 113 would show similar features.
114 kieslerium [kiz'lɛriəm], Ks after Hedwig Maria Kiesler (Markey) inventor of frequency-hopping, whose World War II invention was made practical through the use of semiconductors, which are prominently found in group 14.
115 sadimium [sə'dɩmijəm], Sd after Egyptian sdm-t (in Gardner's transliteration) kohl, Sb2S3; the Egyptian name, which, through Greek and Latin permutations gave stibium, the alchemical name of element 51 and the source of its symbol Sb; through Arabic and Middle German permutations it is the probable source of bismuth, element 83; sadimium would recognize the unaltered Egyptian source of these two elements in group 15
116 sklodowskum [sklə'dofskəm], Sk after Marja Sklodowska, birth name of Marie Curie, discoverer of its period 6 analog, polonium. Curium is named for the husband and wife team Pierre and Marie Curie, so this name would honor her separately, not doubly.
117 proserpine ['prɑsərpin], Ps, after Proserpina goddess of the underworld. The suffix keeps the practice ending halogens in -ine and the name refers to the extraordinary energies required for its synthesis.
118 eilon ['ilɑn], Ei, after Ionic Greek εἴλη (eile) 'radiance' denoting the radioactivity of the element with the suffix customary for group 18 elements.

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Any updates on when elements

Any updates on when elements 117 and 118 will be named?

By the way, speaking of this topic, I have an interesting question. Does anyone find the naming of elements to be an unnecessary part of studying chemistry? For example, learning the electron configuration and properties of each element is important, even their atomic number (of course this can be used to deduce the proton count), however do names need to be memorized? Isn't this semantics that is needlessly getting in the way of science?

Would be interested to hear any thoughts on this.

Regards,
Steven Heron

Before chemistry, alchemists

Before chemistry, alchemists and metallurgists gave names to the substances they were working with. Having names for things makes it possible to talk about them. That is why you have "erlenmeyer flasks" instead of "those funny thingies over there." Calling it "gold" or "sulfur" rather than "the yellow metal stuff" and "the yellow crumbly stuff that burns with a really unpleasant smell" may be an exercise in semantics, but semantics makes it possible for you to manipulate ideas. While it is theoretically possible to refer to elements by their atomic numbers, "14, 15, and 16" are less memorable than "silicon, phosphorus, and sulfur" and so an aid to memory and freeing of the mind to learn new things.

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