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Math or Maths
By reel_faerie85member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 08:45 AM


A big thank you to Panic for this one!

Mathematics - is it shortened to Math or Maths?

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By Euphoriamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 08:55 AM
Edited by Euphoria (146926) on 2011-01-06 08:57:27
Its quite blatantly Maths.

Math feels awkward to say to me and it sounds weird.

Maths maths maths.

Simples.

p.s- The poll is going to be very skewed towards Math as there are far more Americans on this site than Brits. I predict that all Brits will say Maths, and most Americans will say Math.
re: Math or Maths
By imadanseurPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 08:56 AM
Everyone knows it is Math. Perhaps it is only because I live in a superior country?!? hmmmmm
re: Math or Maths (karma: 1)
By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 08:58 AM
Americans are always right and it's showing in the poll.
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By amarathPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:05 AM
Maths sounds like a disease. "Doctor, what's wrong with him?!" "Oh, he has maths lesions all over his vertebrae from the 18 wheeler accident."
re: Math or Maths (karma: 1)
By Euphoriamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:07 AM
Ooh, now its getting personal.

The results are showing towards Math because yours is a bigger country, not better. This is coming from a country that calls a cardigan a sweater, trousers are pants and a torch is a flashlight. Don't even get me started on the mispronounciation of Oregano and Aluminium. :D

Size does not equal superiority....everyone knows all good things come in small packages!!
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By Anon1234567890member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:11 AM
Edited by Louise (29559) on 2011-01-06 09:19:31
^ It's just one debate (in which nobody actually said Britain was better than America) spilling over into another. Bit daft really.

What I don't understand is why people will try and shout you down over the pluralisation (or otherwise) of this word, yet (I hope) I wouldn't get shouted down by a Yank for using words like colour or favour. For some reason everyone acknowledges there's a difference with those words, but not with this one. Weird. It's also weird how English people always know the American versions of things, yet Americans don't always know what the original or English English version is. Weird again. But the weirdest one of all is English people using a Z in -ise words. If you're English (or you learned English outside of America), then you should write harmonise or organisation, NEVER harmonize or organization. The z looks horrific to me and I just can't understand why oh so many Brits either don't get this or refuse to spell things correctly. WAAAAAA.

See? I can spell, I needeth not the maths.
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By Chaconnemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:19 AM
The USA and Great Britain... "nations divided by a common language."


Variously attributed to George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde (who actually wrote something similar in a play. "America and England have much in common nowadays except language."), and [less likely] Churchill.

I never heard of "maths" until I came to DDN.

Jon
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By hummingbird
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:25 AM
It's neither, it's mathematics!
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By panicmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:30 AM
It's also weird how English people always know the American versions of things, yet Americans don't always know what the original or English English version is.
It's actually quite simple to explain. We don't watch British TV (yes, I know it's a telly over there) because it generally stinks. On the other hand, it could be worse. You could live in Australia.
re: Math or Maths
By AlwaysOnStagePremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:35 AM
Where does the S come from?

I see it Like Mathematics instead of Mathematics
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By Anon1234567890member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 09:36 AM
^ Why does through not rhyme with tough? It's English, it doesn't have to make sense.
re: Math or Maths
By d4jmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:01 AM
Well, since I wrote that maths DRIVES ME CRAZY in the other thread, I think you all know where I stand.

Is your silly system with the s consistent though? For example, do you say econs for economics?

:)
re: Math or Maths
By Euphoriamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:06 AM
^No, we just say Economics. It's one that I've never heard shortened.
re: Math or Maths
By Anon1234567890member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:15 AM
^ Yeah but Americans are lazy. That's why they took the u out of colour, because it takes 0.001 seconds less to write out. That's why they make up abhorrent words like "waitlisted" because they can't be bothered to say "I was put on a waiting list". Colon-pee.
re: Math or Maths
By d4jmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:19 AM
Edited by d4j (104724) on 2011-01-06 10:20:21
We're too busy doing really important things like doing math in econ with stats.

:)


Or I should say doing math in econ with stat, no s!
re: Math or Maths (karma: 1)
By SaraTheGrouchmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:21 AM
Maths? No ma'am. I prefer not to sound like an idiot.
re: Math or Maths
By AlwaysOnStagePremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:24 AM
Edited by AlwaysOnStage (90901) on 2011-01-06 10:25:25 Smileys are the universal symbol for "I'm not angry."
Louise wrote:

^ Yeah but Americans are lazy. That's why they took the u out of colour, because it takes 0.001 seconds less to write out. That's why they make up abhorrent words like "waitlisted" because they can't be bothered to say "I was put on a waiting list". Colon-pee.


I actually prefer colour, and don't use 'waitlisted'. In fact, I watched enough Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Merlin in a condensed space I prefer some of the linguistic nuances. (RUBBISH!) :P However, it's still Math. :D
re: Math or Maths
By misslibby
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:29 AM
I have in my time, said something along the lines of 'I did it in Home Ecs'

Home Economics. Yes. Nobody laughed, wasn't weird or scary or creepy. Just.... normal.

^ so yes d4j in some part of the UK we do use extra s's everywhere! (don't shoot me)

:)
re: Math or Maths (karma: 1)
By Euphoriamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:29 AM
d4j wrote:

We're too busy doing really important things like doing math in econ with stats


So why is it stats and not stat? Going on your math and econ theory, that would be logical would it not??
re: Math or Maths
By Brittanymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:32 AM
We're Americans. You expect us to be logical?
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By d4jmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:37 AM
@Euphoria - hence my edit-

:)
re: Math or Maths
By AlwaysOnStagePremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:39 AM
I called it Stat-Class when I had the misfortune of being in AP Stat.
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By SaraTheGrouchmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:41 AM
I never said stats. It was always just stat. No s.
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By Euphoriamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:42 AM
Ahh, d4j, I must have been typing as you were amending!
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