I think Thoom was trying to point out how the rulebook has a typo, and misspelled elektrum...
FWIW, 'funnel' (among other words) is a real word, too -- but I don't expect anyone to shove player characters through one...
Do I hear a boulder rolling rapidly in my direction...?
Many real world words are used in the rulebook! But would you use the world gold to mean silver or silver to mean gold? That's what you're doing with electrum.
Well, here's the thing - the world in the game is not supposed to be representative of our world... as a matter of fact, it most decidedly is meant to represent a world that is very much not
And yet you can say "In a world where dragons as big as castles are real, outer dimensions full of dangerous demons vie for your soul, and mortal men can harness the power of gods and magic" without having to worry about that "dragon" might mean "orc", or that "soul" might mean "2002 Chevy Malibu", etc.
Quibbling over whether the people that live there use the word "electrum" to mean the same thing as we do in our world is no more inane. It might only seem so if one comes to the table not knowing, or not caring, what electrum means in the first place. Jarring discontinuities are jarring discontinuities. It is not "quibbling" to desire to resolve them, nor do I think that it is it up to me to determine what constitutes a jarring discontinuity for someone else.
Yes, you can have worlds where "most of the oceans seen are purple, black, or the rare and mysterious deep red" but the odds are very good that the GM, judge, or narrator of such worlds makes certain to mention that these oceans are different because they know
that the word "ocean" has specific implications for the players/readers/etc.
It is absolutely fine that electrum is more valuable than gold in DCC. Either the judge determines why
this is, or decides that this is not the case
. In the real world, electrum implies an ancient coin for circa Middle Ages folks, which is why I decided that would be the reason for its striking value in my own milieu.