I was raised saying "math", but once I was about 14 or so I began talking with friends from over seas online and I was introduced to "maths" as the abbreviation. Ever since then I've felt that "maths" makes more sense, but I still often use "math" when speaking out of habit.
>>7816832 We europoors don't do that in general (this makes sense since maths is harder to pronounce than math). I think it's just a british thing, where it is apparently common to abbreviate words by removing letters at the end, except the last one.
>>7817001 By mosy people you mean the british right? Because then I agree. Otherwise I'm afraid you're just plain wrong. Of course, there are some who work(ed) in britland for a long time, they tend to use maths, and then there's the handful of undergrads who way maths as some inconsequential way of sticking it to the man or something, but most people really just say math.
Muh accent is better than your accent, you cheeky bint >Bitch about Americans "not having a culture." >Bitch about Americans not being exactly the same as you or talking the same way. >Bitch about Americans when they don't respond to genocide. >Bitch about Americans when they do respond to genocide. >Bitch that we're too fat. >Bitch that we're apparently not doing enough to make sure our poor lead comfortable lives.
Boy, you cunts just can't have it any which way you like it, can you? It's almost, ALMOST, as if there were a group of young, vapid twats, who self select onto the internet and into forums like these, for whom America can do no right. Doesn't matter that it probably helped your country repair all of its infrastructure after WW2, doesn't matter that it's taken toppled enemies and built them into shining beacons of modern ingenuity, and it doesn't matter that this country is the only reason that most of western Europe was shielded from peaceful assimilation into the big ol' Russian family. It doesn't matter that our country is arguably one of the most generous and welcoming on the planet. We'll always be just a bunch of rednecks to your lot, because that's what impresses the rest of the young, vapid twats.
>>7817310 >which is in itself plural because there is no "one mathematic". That's debatable. There are many ideas (invariance, symmetry, optimization, elegance, etc) that permeate all math. Interestingly, at some point in the 20th century, the French (under the influence of Bourbaki) actually called mathematics "la mathématique" (which sounded exactly as ridiculous and pedantic then as it does now, but people still went with it for some reason), to emphasize this idea. Funnily enough, these same people refused to consider probability a part of math until very recently (maybe 10/20 years ago).
Can anyone find me any other example of a shortened word including an s at the end? It not like mathematics is the plural of mathematic. Mathematics is singular. So it makes no sense to put an s on the end. Get fucked britbongs.
Math and maths are equally acceptable abbreviations of mathematics. The only difference is that math is preferred in the U.S. and Canada, and maths is preferred in the U.K., Australia, and most other English-speaking areas of the world.
Neither abbreviation is correct or incorrect. You may hear arguments for one being superior to the other, and there are logical cases for both sides. One could argue maths is better because mathematics ends in s, and one could argue math is better because mathematics is just a mass noun that happens to end in s. In any case, English usage is rarely guided by logic, and these usage idiosyncrasies are often arbitrary. If you were raised in a part of the world where people say maths, then maths is correct for you, and the same is of course true of math. Don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise.
tl;dr English is a fucked language anyway, who cares?
>>7816534 >why do mexicans keep saying perro instead of dog? because the relationship between sound and meaning is arbitrary. they speak different languages with different histories, so they have different words for the same meaning. there's nothing inherently "correct" or "logical" about a particular way of saying anything.
same thing applies here. you have two dialects which have slightly different histories, resulting in slightly different forms for the same meaning.
it might be more logical to call the plural of mouse mouses, but we don't. it's mice. there's literally nothing wrong with that. mathematics has an s on the end even though it's not plural. so do the words mass, bus, news, etc. the relationship between sound and meaning is COMPLETELY ARBITRARY. you can have a word that ends in s without that implying that it's plural. math and maths are equally valid just like dog and perro are equally valid.
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