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Texan wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:Oh yeah, it's "maths" - not "math".

It's short for mathematics.

Why do you Americans have to take so many letters out of words? :bgrin

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Why do you put an "s" on your math words.
Because it's short for mathematics, not mathematic.

When you study maths, you're studying mathematics.

Similarly, when you study stats, you're studying statistics.

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Mathematic is an adjective. I studied mathematic principles in school. I would say maths if I studied algebra and geometry. If I study one subject, I call it math.

I guess that why they say English is the hardest language to learn. There are more variations of it and it is made up from many languages so that their are exceptions to every rule.

In Texas "ain't and yall" are spoken often. It's just not typed because it is slang.

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mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We gave it to Hawaii.
And the 'u's? Somewhere clever i suppose?
We kept one for "United". We needed that one.
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Texan wrote:Mathematic is an adjective. I studied mathematic principles in school. I would say maths if I studied algebra and geometry. If I study one subject, I call it math.

I guess that why they say English is the hardest language to learn. There are more variations of it and it is made up from many languages so that their are exceptions to every rule.

In Texas "ain't and yall" are spoken often. It's just not typed because it is slang.
https://www.dailywritingtips.com/math-or-maths/

Oh, and it's a cheque account, not a checking account :bgrin

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And another thing ... :bgrin

It's a postcode, not a zip code.

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I studied mathematicAL principles in school.
Fixed.

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And we fill our cars with petrol, at a petrol station.



(okay, some cars have gas, but you still buy it at a petrol station)

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Yeah, you’d think a financial instrument might be differentiated from other meanings of “check.” Doesn’t matter, cheques are on the way out.

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greggerypeccary wrote:And we fill our cars with petrol, at a petrol station.



(okay, some cars have gas, but you still buy it at a petrol station)
What the hell do they call gas over there? What could they possibly call it?

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We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
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SethBullock wrote:We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
We say both. Clever of us, no?

Although most Australians don't know their whilst from their whiles ... or their whos from their whoms.

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mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
We say both. Clever of us, no?

Although most Australians don't know their whilst from their whiles ... or their whos from their wombs.

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mothra wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:And we fill our cars with petrol, at a petrol station.



(okay, some cars have gas, but you still buy it at a petrol station)
What the hell do they call gas over there? What could they possibly call it?
Good question.

If petrol cars fill up with gas, what do gas cars fill up with?

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HBS Guy wrote:Too much baking powder/soda for my taste, just as with our similar tho sweet scones. Don’t mind it in muffins tho.

Cookie is one of four words English inherited from Dutch.

I see on the internet at times an Australian critisising American spelling. The Mayflower pilgrims took with them English as it was spoken at the time and that became spoken by the nation USA. In England Beau Brummel started a fashion of wanting to be more French and that is when unnecessary “u”s got added to words like color, valor etc and the season between summer and winter became known as “autumn” instead of “fall.”

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HBS Guy wrote:US billionaires are buying land in NZ to ride out the collapse of civilisation on.
Oh really? Funny thing is, we had a conversation, with the family last year, that if ever anything happened to Australia and some apolocalypse happened here, we would go to NZ to live as a choice.

So looks like them billionaires have the same idea as moiye :read
Well you know I've thought similar thoughts in times of yore..

I was opting for the lower western side of the sth island. But... Earthquakes are now an issue.. altho they seem restricted to mainly the eastern side of the Island. Christchurch and the like. But if ever you want to go where people are realistic about the safety of the world.. that's probably the place for you. I 'd rather get stranded in Queenstown, I think. :bgrin than just about anywhere else I can think of.
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greggerypeccary wrote:
Texan wrote:Mathematic is an adjective. I studied mathematic principles in school. I would say maths if I studied algebra and geometry. If I study one subject, I call it math.

I guess that why they say English is the hardest language to learn. There are more variations of it and it is made up from many languages so that their are exceptions to every rule.

In Texas "ain't and yall" are spoken often. It's just not typed because it is slang.
https://www.dailywritingtips.com/math-or-maths/

Oh, and it's a cheque account, not a checking account :bgrin
Which shows where the French influence on standard English, differs from the Yank version. I think it was HBS Guy who pointed out that the early Americans took the English language to the New World, before the French became de riguerre.

We use the later french version, here in the Antipodes. Cheque , rather than Check. ( Hmm not sure if that's a valid comparison actually.. )
:bgrin

I try to ignore the French connection nowadays, altho as a young'n I'd write as taught. So now .. I leave off the..... me.. in programme .. so ....program. Labour becomes Labor... :roll true... it is a schism in the spoken and spelled English word... but hardly matters, in the scope of things to come.
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mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
We say both. Clever of us, no?

Although most Australians don't know their whilst from their whiles ... or their whos from their whoms.
Indeed. :bgrin

I always thought whilst and while have different meanings, based on some convoluted 'tense'. :roll
Indeed , I believe it to be so.
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pinkeye wrote:
mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
We say both. Clever of us, no?

Although most Australians don't know their whilst from their whiles ... or their whos from their whoms.
Indeed. :bgrin

I always thought whilst and while have different meanings, based on some convoluted 'tense'. :roll
Indeed , I believe it to be so.
We say "while" whilst you say "whilst", unless it's used to describe an undetermined but short amount of time, as in "after a while". Correct?

By the way, one of you said "cobber" on another thread. Cobber???
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SethBullock wrote:
pinkeye wrote:
mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
We say both. Clever of us, no?

Although most Australians don't know their whilst from their whiles ... or their whos from their whoms.
Indeed. :bgrin

I always thought whilst and while have different meanings, based on some convoluted 'tense'. :roll
Indeed , I believe it to be so.
We say "while" whilst you say "whilst", unless it's used to describe an undetermined but short amount of time, as in "after a while". Correct?

By the way, one of you said "cobber" on another thread. Cobber???
Cobber means mate, friend, colleague. While relates to a time frame mostly, while whilst relates to an inclusion. They are very different in meaning.

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greggerypeccary wrote:
mothra wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:And we fill our cars with petrol, at a petrol station.



(okay, some cars have gas, but you still buy it at a petrol station)
What the hell do they call gas over there? What could they possibly call it?
Good question.

If petrol cars fill up with gas, what do gas cars fill up with?
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America: it's a mobile phone, not a cell phone.


(In Austria they call them "Handys")

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greggerypeccary wrote:America: it's a mobile phone, not a cell phone.


(In Austria they call them "Handys")
Don't ever ask anybody in Texas to give you a "handy". It doesn't have a specific meaning here, but it doesn't sound very nice.

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Texan wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:America: it's a mobile phone, not a cell phone.


(In Austria they call them "Handys")
Don't ever ask anybody in Texas to give you a "handy". It doesn't have a specific meaning here, but it doesn't sound very nice.
I can imagine! :b

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It's tyres, America - not tires.

(sorry Texan) :bgrin

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greggerypeccary wrote:It's tyres, America - not tires.

(sorry Texan) :bgrin

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You will soon tyre of coming up with upside down ways of spelling words.

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