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What is Safety Match in Tagalog? Origin, Design, and Dark Past

What is Safety Match in Tagalog? Origin, Design, and Dark Past

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The safety match in Tagalog is called “posporo,” which came from the Spanish word, “fosforo” (phosphorus). The matchstick itself is called “palito ng posporo.” Despite the popularity of lighters, many people still use matches to light a fire. This is because matches are cheaper and safer to use since they are slower to ignite. Matches leave biodegradable waste, too. Technically, there are two main types of matches - the strike-anywhere matches and the safety matches. As the name implies, strike-anywhere matches can light a fire when used on a frictional surface. The head contains phosphorus sesquisulfide, a non-toxic compound that converts into flammable white phosphorus when struck across a rough surface. On the other hand, the head of safety matches has no phosphorus. Instead, ...