Why are "common" terms for chemicals often used instead of the chemical name?

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Why are common names often used for chemical compounds instead of systematic names? Please provide explanation. Thanks!
« Last Edit: 03/07/2010 22:19:51 by chris »
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Because the common names of compunds were already in use before their chemical formulae were determined.

Also, "caffeine" is easier to remember than "1,3,7-trimethyl- 1H-purine- 2,6(3H,7H)-dione".