The word mercury has more than one meaning. It refers to the planet mercury which is the first and closest to the sun in the solar system. Mercury also refers to the only metal in the liquid form. It is used in numerous scientific experiments and in medicines too. It is poisonous and is also called by the name quick silver. It is derived from coal plants and chlorine plants and even if a small quality of mercury gets into the body in any form, it would lead to a lot of physical ailments and irrevocable diseases like autism.
As Tom Allen said, “Mercury pollution is a national problem that requires a national response”. In another context, mercury refers to the temperature too since it is used in the thermometer. The sudden rise in mercury is the rise in temperature on that particular day. Here are quotes on mercury in various contexts given by people from different spheres of society.