In 1928, scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi, working at Cambridge University, discovered an unknown compound in some foods. He was sure it was a sugar, but not sure which sugar. Confessing his ignorance while sticking to the common nomenclature of sugar, he called it “ignose”.
When he submitted his paper to the Biochemical Journal, the editor suggested a change of name.
The humourous scientist returned it with the name… “godnose”
Allegedly the frustrated editor changed it to hexuronic acid, from whence it eventually became ascorbic acid as we know Vitamin C today.
Now we know who to blame for the stupid long names.