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Etymology of ‘Math’ and ‘Maths’

In North America, when discussing mathematics we use the abbreviation math, though UK English speakers choose to abbreviate the singular mathematic and then pluralize the abbreviation to maths.

Which begs the question, what is a mathematic?

British English speakers will often tease Americans for our misuse of the language that they invented, but according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the American shortening of mathematics dates back to 1890, while “the British preference, maths, is attested from 1911.”

So it seems that the word was corrupted in the opposite direction over the Atlantic. Imagine that.