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In Which Chemistry is Frustrating

Riddle me this, Batman:

If polyatomic anions containing oxygen have names ending in -ate or -ite, why is OH^- called hydroxide? Or O2^2- called peroxide? WHY? Don't tell me a rule and then go break it!

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If any chemistry Jezzies can explain the logic behind this, I shall be appeased, but until then:

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