Is it math or maths?

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Is it math or maths?
A subquestion would be how logical should language be?
And is the sole purpose of language for communication?
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http://www.numberphile.com/videos/math_maths.html
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And is the sole purpose of language for communication?
You may find this video interesting:
http://www.numberphile.com/videos/math_maths.html
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Re: Is it math or maths?
It's maths. Math is just offensive, like all yanklishims.
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Re: Is it math or maths?
Do you do mathematic? No. You do Mathematics.
Hence it is not Math, It is Maths.
Do you do Stats or Stat?
You do statistics, and so the short form is Stats, not Stat.
"Math" sounds fucking horrible. And so for no other reason it's wrong.
The woman on the video might be a great mathematician but she is no grammarian.
Mathematics is a plural taken as a singular and hints at a variety of methods used to achieve numeric analysis. There are more examples like politics for example.
Furthermore the absence of the "period"(yuk) or full stop means that Maths or Math is not longer an abbreviation, but a shortened version of a word, but a word in its own right. There are examples of this too. Focsle is short for Forecastle; Fridge, Admin and so on.
Mathematics is Maths because Statistics is Stats, but mostly it is simply a regard to euphonics..
Hence it is not Math, It is Maths.
Do you do Stats or Stat?
You do statistics, and so the short form is Stats, not Stat.
"Math" sounds fucking horrible. And so for no other reason it's wrong.
The woman on the video might be a great mathematician but she is no grammarian.
Mathematics is a plural taken as a singular and hints at a variety of methods used to achieve numeric analysis. There are more examples like politics for example.
Furthermore the absence of the "period"(yuk) or full stop means that Maths or Math is not longer an abbreviation, but a shortened version of a word, but a word in its own right. There are examples of this too. Focsle is short for Forecastle; Fridge, Admin and so on.
Mathematics is Maths because Statistics is Stats, but mostly it is simply a regard to euphonics..
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Re: Is it math or maths?
Love it. So true. Sounds as if they have a 'lithp'. They don't seem to realise the language is called 'English'. If it's 'maths' in ENGLISH then it's mathS!Hobbes' Choice wrote:
"Math" sounds fucking horrible. And so for no other reason it's wrong.

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Re: Is it math or maths?
I prefer the Americanism since it is easier to say even though I do not use it as such
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Re: Is it math or maths?
It is not easier to say.surreptitious57 wrote:
I prefer the Americanism since it is easier to say even though I do not use it as such
Your tongue has to do more work to clip the end of the word math. Whereas it stays relaxed to end with s.
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Re: Is it math or maths?
Category error. This isn't the sort of thing that can be right or wrong. It's just conventional or unconventional. "Math" is the convention in some locales. "Maths" is the convention in other locales.Hobbes' Choice wrote:And so for no other reason it's wrong.
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Being brought up with 'math' all my life, Hobbes explanation makes total sense. Yes, it is convention in the USA, but that does not make the convention correct. It is the sort of thing that is right or wrong. I will probably not change my spoken usage of the word, but I will on the forums, just like I usually switch to metric measurements for international conversations. Metric is not more correct, but it is far less stupid.Terrapin Station wrote:Category error. This isn't the sort of thing that can be right or wrong. It's just conventional or unconventional. "Math" is the convention in some locales. "Maths" is the convention in other locales.Hobbes' Choice wrote:And so for no other reason it's wrong.
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Re: Is it math or maths?
By virtue of what?Noax wrote:It is the sort of thing that is right or wrong.
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I'm not arguing for one way or the other here, by the way, but re the notion of "mathematics" being a plural noun, there is no convention anywhere that employs "mathematic" as a singular noun in any context. For example, there's no convention of saying something like "commutative algebra is a mathematic."
Re: Is it math or maths?
By virtue of the part of Hobbes post that you edited out.Terrapin Station wrote:By virtue of what?
Sure, the singular version is convention in the USA. I will continue its use when in that context.
Oh, and good point on the algebra thing.
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You need to be more specific. He mentions other conventions and appeals to following a pattern/parallelism. How does that make anything correct?Noax wrote:By virtue of the part of Hobbes post that you edited out.Terrapin Station wrote:By virtue of what?
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First line, the origin of that specific shortened word.Terrapin Station wrote:You need to be more specific. He mentions other conventions and appeals to following a pattern/parallelism. How does that make anything correct?Noax wrote:By virtue of the part of Hobbes post that you edited out.Terrapin Station wrote:By virtue of what?
But I agree that 'performing math' sounds no more wrong to me than does 'performing algebra'. The difference is only that 'algebra' has no history of some longer plural version. Of course 'math' sounds wrong to anybody who was not raised with that convention. So how the alternative word makes you feel is probably not a good argument one way or another.
You do statistics, hence stats. But there is such a thing as 'a statistic', making the example not a great one.
'Politics' is a better example. There is no such thing as 'a politic', similar to lack of 'a mathematic'.
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Re: Is it math or maths?
His first line is "Do you do mathematic? No. You do Mathematics." What would that have to do with whether "math" or "maths" is correct?Noax wrote:First line, the origin of that specific shortened word.
He's noting that there's no convention of using "mathematic." There's only a convention of using "mathematics."
Okay. I agree with that. But so what? What does it have to do with "math" versus "maths"?
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Sorry to have bothered you then.Terrapin Station wrote:His first line is "Do you do mathematic? No. You do Mathematics." What would that have to do with whether "math" or "maths" is correct?
He's noting that there's no convention of using "mathematic." There's only a convention of using "mathematics."
Okay. I agree with that. But so what? What does it have to do with "math" versus "maths"?
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