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Math or Maths

Paul thomas Ford is off-lineSilver Member
22 January 2013 03:14
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Back in the day when I was a lad was taught that the spelling was Maths now it seems Math is correct, Is this not the american paulford is a naughty person isation of our word or am i missing something?


Alan Johnson is off-line
22 January 2013 04:05
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It's an abbreviation of mathematics, and so is Maths.
The Americans tried a programme of simplifying spelling and knocked the 's' off the end.
There is a school of thought that spelling should be made simpler rather than exerting effort teaching people how to spell correctly. I recall a paper some years ago with things like 'frend', 'skool' and the like. As I recall this was universally rejected due to the lack of compelling argument to support it and that the supporters of the idea hadn't thought about the effect that this would have with regard to existing works, i.e. that there would be 'incorrect and potentially confusing' spelling in text books etc.

Of course there are also those who find typing extra letters is a problem.
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22 January 2013 04:09
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Well said Alan.
Quite agree, I am sick of American spelling and don't get me started on txt spk!
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22 January 2013 04:27
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Bad grammar and spelling is now endemic in our schools: On my son's school website they are advertising for a "parental governor'!

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EdT is off-line
22 January 2013 04:56
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Quote from Alan_Jay
It's an abbreviation of mathematics, and so is Maths.



Whilst I hate the use of the word Math rather than Maths; they are, surely, both abbreviations of Mathematics.


Paul Hodson is off-line
22 January 2013 05:24
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Quote from EdT


Whilst I hate the use of the word Math rather than Maths; they are, surely, both abbreviations of Mathematics.



So is Mat - but that does not mean it is correct!
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Paul is off-lineSilver Member
22 January 2013 05:48
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Quote from paulford
Back in the day when I was a lad was taught that the spelling was Maths now it seems Math is correct, Is this not the american DorsetHammer is a naughty person isation of our word or am i missing something?



'Our' word?  The word Maths is derived from a Latin word which in turn was from a Greek word.

Math and Maths aren't abbreviations they are colloquialisms and therefore there is no right or wrong and no Americanism to be offended by.  
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Paul thomas Ford is off-lineSilver Member
22 January 2013 06:21
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Did a spell check on both ways of spelling it using English (GB) both seem correct. Still think its maths though.


Neil Anderson is off-line
22 January 2013 06:31
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The bigger error is that people who use math almost invariably mean arithmetic, and mostly the people who say maths also mean arithmetic.
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22 January 2013 10:50
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To me it will always be maths and not math. And yes it does annoy me somewhat when I hear a Brit say math. Mind you not nearly as annoying as when newsreaders now say something along the lines of 'Union workers took to the streets protesting lower wages' .... surely it should be protesting against lower wages, shouldn't it? That seems to be an unwelcome Americanism that has crept in.



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