We’ve discussed it before, but usually as a tangent on another thread about dialect differences. We know Brits (and affiliated speakers) use ‘maths’ while North Americans use ‘math’. Is this really logical though?
The argument is that ‘maths’ is short for ‘mathematics’, thus it makes sense to shorten the term with the ‘s’. I’ve tried to think of other words that do the same thing, but have not come up with anything except counter-examples.
How do you shorten “economics” econ or econs?
What other words are abbreviated the same way? I can’t think of any other abbreviation that works the same way-- delete all the rest of the word but then leave an ‘s’ at the end. Considering how we use ‘-s’ as an inflectional ending it seems like a very poor choice.
There’s nothing wrong with having an illogical abbreviation and saying, “that’s just how we do it.” English is full of stupid stuff. But I want to see if it really is logical or not.
Is there a precedent for this, other examples of this in English?
Not trying to bash British English, I’m hoping for some sort of resolution on this.