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Why are Americans calling petrol “gas”? What do they call the real “LPG” gas?

  1. ngureco profile image81
    ngurecoposted 5 years ago

    Why are Americans calling petrol “gas”? What do they call the real “LPG” gas?

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  2. ShootersCenter profile image73
    ShootersCenterposted 5 years ago

    Americans call that propane. It's all fuel no matter what you want to call it.

  3. Gcrhoads64 profile image97
    Gcrhoads64posted 5 years ago

    We call it gas because it is a shortened form of "gasoline."
    And, like ShootersCenter said, we call LPG "propane."

  4. JimTxMiller profile image77
    JimTxMillerposted 5 years ago

    "Petrol", shortened form of petroleum, technically is not "gas". Petroleum is a wide range of products distilled from crude oil. Gas in relation to fuel for internal combustion engines is the shortened form of gasoline, as has been pointed out. Gas in relation to other fuels may include propane and natural gas.

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Gas is short for gasoline so it is merely an abbreviation.

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    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    When natural gas is processed, it provides a liquid stream where your propane, ethane, and numerous other "thanes" are included. It was originally sold as natural gasoline, so people started calling it gas since it came from natural gas. It had an octane of about 40 or 50--would not work in today's cars. It was not too long before the natural gas industry learned that by compressing the gas, it would get cold and as soon as the compression was removed, the liquids would drop out (the actual process is more complicated.) The result was we had natural gas and gas, which is short for gasoline as someone noted. Europeans refer to petrol, but that is often diesel fuel that like gasoline, comes from petroleum.

    Gas became the common name for gasoline. Thus we had gas cans, gas stations, gas-powered lawn mowers and so-on. Technically, we should it gasoline. I know when I worked for the petroleum industry, I often had to get reporters to clarify if their question was about natural gas or gasoline.

 
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