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I don't get it. Americans still say 'stats' don't they? Why can't they get this one?
in Yankee speak means something else: NOW, ASAP, etc.
Not that you can't have two words that are spelt the same meaning something completely different.
I just asked my american correspondent and she said "We don't say stats, we say statistics." which confused me a lot.
"math" and "maths" are technically both abbreviations, slang terms even, so it is unsurprising that different cultures would come up with different versions.
what a boring reply
Who the hell are you that you have your own American Correspondent?
I have a friend (in fact, a few, but only one that was on the phone at the time) who lived in Houston up until very recently and she likes to argue with me over these types of things.
Automobiles = Autos
i mean im just guessing here, but if mathematics as a scientific discipline is plural, what is a single mathematic?
...the yanks were right all along! stop calling it maths everyone!
At least 'Math' kind of makes sense. And Maths-rock would sound terrible (as in the genre name, not the music)
And they say oriented not orientated so the use of Aluminum not Aluminium makes sense there.
But they surely use the shortening 'stats'? Maybe not, looking at Toilet Engineer's post.
"Americans adopted -ium to fit the standard form of the periodic table of elements, for most of the nineteenth century, with aluminium appearing in Webster's Dictionary of 1828. In 1892, however, Charles Martin Hall used the -um spelling in an advertising handbill for his new electrolytic method of producing the metal, despite his constant use of the -ium spelling in all the patents he filed between 1886 and 1903. It has consequently been suggested that the spelling reflects an easier to pronounce word with one fewer syllable, or that the spelling on the flier was a mistake."
can never be trusted from wikipedia
and i am sure I have read it in that QI book.
Who are you anyway? I've not see you round here before? Are you new?
This reply is dedicated to Michael Crichton who died on wednesday, aged 66.
You're cramping my style.
i say tomato
obviously i had to go to dictionary.com first
That's just the same word pronounced differently. More an accent thing.
He has a rather compelling argument that concludes with the proof that ‘Math’ is actually the correct abbreviation. If I could remember it, I’d post it here and no doubt convince you all.
chin up yeah?