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Is this a British thing or something? People trying to be cute?

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Danger
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Jul13-10, 09:49 AM
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Their language wants for naught.
Is that just a coincidence, or are you crossing threads here?
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Is that just a coincidence, or are you crossing threads here?
Deja vu?
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Jul13-10, 10:33 AM
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Deja vu?
Oh, great... now that's three threads. Thanks a lot, Shedder...
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Let the record show that was a legitimate question. Any resemblance to posts in other threads is not coincidental.
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Jul13-10, 10:44 AM
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Is that just a coincidence, or are you crossing threads here?
Intentional, and also wondering if objections to "maths" and not "naught" are inconsistent, considering the OP's username.
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Deja vu?
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Jul13-10, 10:54 AM
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I actually think "maths" makes more sense. (see Dickfore's post)

Math, to me, would be the logical shortening of Mathematic, which isn't a word.

By omitting the apostrophe in math's, one clears up any potential confusion with whether or not the noun is intended to be possessive; however, if the intention is to make the word possessive, one would then need to consider whether or not to write math's or maths's.
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They say physics too.
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I actually think "maths" makes more sense. (see Dickfore's post)

Math, to me, would be the logical shortening of Mathematic, which isn't a word.

By omitting the apostrophe in math's, one clears up any potential confusion with whether or not the noun is intended to be possessive; however, if the intention is to make the word possessive, one would then need to consider whether or not to write math's or maths's.
It would be maths'

When you shorten a word do you always leave the last letter on?

Math is an actual shorter version of mathematics, similar to 'lab' for 'laboratory' or 'info' for 'information' or 'limo' for 'limousine.

A couple more examples since I found a website listing them: 'sax' for 'saxophone', 'vet' for 'veteran' or 'veterinarian', 'vocab' for 'vocabulary'.
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IMath, to me, would be the logical shortening of Mathematic, which isn't a word.
Would you say mathematics is beautiful, or mathematics are beautiful?
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Jul13-10, 11:19 AM
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Would you say mathematics is beautiful, or mathematics are beautiful?
That would depend upon whether you define "mathematics" as "an intellectual pursuit" or as "a bunch of Hooters waitresses". (Come to think of it, one Hooters waitress would still be properly referred to in the plural...)
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I can't say. Hooters is too expensive for me.
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I can't say. Hooters is too expensive for me.
Don't you mean "are", or are you referring to the establishment?

Oh hell, I have to log off now. As a last thought, it always seemed to me that the term "maths" indicated several different branches of mathematics, such as trig, algebra, etc. combined.
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Would you say mathematics is beautiful, or mathematics are beautiful?
That's an interesting question. In my experience, mathematics is typically referred to as a single entity, governing all fields/subjects. Since the word can also be used when referring to a single field, it seems that the verb "are" would be permissible in certain cases. I guess its use, in that sense, would be contextually dependent.
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That's an interesting question. In my experience, mathematics is typically referred to as a single entity, governing all fields/subjects. Since the word can also be used when referring to a single field, it seems that the verb "are" would be permissible in certain cases. I guess its use, in that sense, would be contextually dependent.
People only use the word 'are' when trying to justify their usage of the word "maths"
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Jul13-10, 01:28 PM
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I'm English and I use "maths" as short for "mathematics" and "math" as short for "mathematical", for example as in "math symbol", "math notation" or "math font".

(At school, we called it "mathma" anyway).
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Jul14-10, 04:08 AM
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I am going to do math real quick.
I am going to write some maths real quick.

Here is some math I am doing on the subject.
Here are some maths I produced on the subject.

I enjoy learning more about all of mathematics, and I think it is a beautiful subject.

I think of math as more of a verb, to math is the act of producing maths.


For geek speak I like to say "I'm going to math it up in here" or whatnot, or jokingly "thems was some real purdy maths ya made thur" in a redneck-y accent.
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Jul14-10, 05:05 AM
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I've been looking at lots of stuff on the Internet tonight. I'm going to go up to my room alone now to math off.


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