Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

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

  1. Jul 12, 2010 #1
    Is this a British thing or something? People trying to be cute? I have never heard anyone put an 's' on the end of math. It really bothers me.

    It's math, or mathematics as far as I'm concerned. No "maths".
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 12, 2010 #2

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: "maths"

    It's a British thing. It has to do with their long history of adding unnecessary vowels and consonants.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2010 #3
    Re: "maths"

    It's a shorthand from Mathematics.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2010 #4
    Re: "maths"

    James Grime says it all the time, and it catches me every time.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2010 #5
    Re: "maths"

    No, math is the shorthand from mathematics.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2010 #6

    Danger

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    In your culture; every Brit that I've heard mention the subject at all has called it "maths".
    Evo, yor menton of superfuos nuns and consonants is ridiculus.
     
  8. Jul 12, 2010 #7

    Evo

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: "maths"

    :biggrin:
     
  9. Jul 12, 2010 #8
    Re: "maths"

    Well that's probably why the British lost their empire.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2010 #9

    Danger

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    The Commonwealth is still quite extensive, loyal, and powerful.
     
  11. Jul 13, 2010 #10
    Re: "maths"

    Does "pure maths" make you even more crazy?
     
  12. Jul 13, 2010 #11
    Re: "maths"

    How I hate hearing some American nerd say "just do the math". Ticks me off.

    I was ashamed when I heard Andrew Wiles say "math", he probably got tired of being abused by American students telling him he was saying it wrong.

    Point is, it's the English language and it's always been maths, it's the Americans saying it wrong.
     
  13. Jul 13, 2010 #12
    Re: "maths"

    New Zealand and parts of Oz are the only places in the commonwealth that speak the proper Queens English anymore. You British screwed that up 100 years ago.
     
  14. Jul 13, 2010 #13

    cristo

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor

    Re: "maths"

    If this sort of thing really bothers you that much, you need to get out more!

    Anyway, when you shorten mathematics, you get math's (with an apostrophe to denote dropped letters, which is then usually itself dropped). Sure, you can do it differently in a different language (say, American), but then you're not longer speaking English. :tongue2:
     
  15. Jul 13, 2010 #14

    Danger

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    Ahem... :grumpy:
    Does the term "Canuk" ring a bell? We have to put up with Yank-speak a hell of a lot more than anybody else, from living right next door to them.
    I agree with everything that you said, but I'm pretty sure that there shouldn't be a "t" on "no"... :wink:
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
  16. Jul 13, 2010 #15

    Borg

    User Avatar
    Gold Member
    2015 Award

    Re: "maths"

    I had never heard the term before coming to this forum. After following a few links from PF threads, I see that it is fairly common outside of the US. It's still strange to me but, I consider it one of the things that I have learned here. I guess that I don't get out much either. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Jul 13, 2010 #16

    Danger

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    Here in Canada, we do in fact use the word "math" without the "s", but have no problem with the Brit approach. (In fact, I've heard Brits use it only in reference to educational courses as opposed to everyday life, but I don't know if that is the rule.)

    Anyhow, the word that I use for it can't be printed here. The only trouble that I ever got into in High School was for assaulting a math teacher in Grade 10, and I never took the subject since. There were several years of incredibly horrible math teachers prior to that, and I just hit my breaking point.
     
  18. Jul 13, 2010 #17
    Re: "maths"

    Don't visit England, you'll bust a gut.
     
  19. Jul 13, 2010 #18

    fuzzyfelt

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    Their language wants for naught.
     
  20. Jul 13, 2010 #19

    Danger

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    Is that just a coincidence, or are you crossing threads here? :uhh:
     
  21. Jul 13, 2010 #20

    Office_Shredder

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Re: "maths"

    Deja vu?
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Similar Discussions: Is this a British thing or something? People trying to be cute?
  1. Cute (Replies: 3)

  2. The things people do (Replies: 36)

Loading...