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ok math is singular what is the deal with people say "maths"

i dont understand this. is this some local slang i dont get? i dont mind it online but yesterday i had someone in REAL LIFE say it. and i blinked. i thought i had misheard, then i it happened again. three times in all each one clear as day "MATHS" with an "s"

is this a local slang or something? a verbal tick? some new and crazy way of being "unique"?

edit: some people in this thread took this simple question to a kind of extreme that is really stupid. it was a simple question with a simple answer:

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maths is like a british thing i think, maybe only north americans say it singular
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Maths = English
Math = American

In Australia we say maths too. As someone said previously it's short for mathematics so it's not grammatically wrong or anything.

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That's how I say it
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ok.. everyone calls it "maths"... who cares.

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how about "fishes"?

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maths is british english. and i think it makes more sense than math. maths = mathematicS
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how about "fishes"?
for me,when we have different fishes,we use fishes
one kind of fish,it's singular
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maths is british english. and i think it makes more sense than math. maths = mathematicS
that's exactly what I want to say
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maths is like a british thing i think, maybe only north americans say it singular

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mathematics

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fishes?
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i dont understand this. is this some local slang i dont get? i dont mind it online but yesterday i had someone in REAL LIFE say it. and i blinked. i thought i had misheard, then i it happened again. three times in all each one clear as day "MATHS" with an "s"

is this a local slang or something? a verbal tick? some new and crazy way of being "unique"?
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maths is british english. and i think it makes more sense than math. maths = mathematicS
Indeed, it's just a different version of abbreviating it. Neither of them is a real word, so I don't understand the fuss.


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how about "fishes"?
fish is for one kind of fish. for example, there are 3 betta fish in this tank

fishes is used for different species of fish, for example there are fishes in the ocean.

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maths is like a british thing i think, maybe only north americans say it singular
ah ha!!! that makes sense as the person who said it was british.


but someone should add it here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America...ng_differences

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fish is for one kind of fish. for example, there are 3 betta fish in this tank

fishes is used for different species of fish, for example there are fishes in the ocean.
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