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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 14 Jan 2019, 14:17

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

Maths
Colour
Aluminium

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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Re: American Words

Postby Texan » 14 Jan 2019, 14:32

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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Re: American Words

Postby SethBullock » 14 Jan 2019, 14:33

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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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 14 Jan 2019, 14:48

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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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 14 Jan 2019, 15:01

And another thing ... :bgrin

It's a postcode, not a zip code.
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Re: American Words

Postby Aussie » 14 Jan 2019, 15:07

I studied mathematicAL principles in school.


Fixed.

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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 14 Jan 2019, 15:09

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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Re: American Words

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jan 2019, 15:23

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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Re: American Words

Postby mothra » 14 Jan 2019, 16:17

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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Re: American Words

Postby SethBullock » 14 Jan 2019, 16:18

We say "while", not "whilst" :bgrin
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Re: American Words

Postby mothra » 14 Jan 2019, 16:19

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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Re: American Words

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jan 2019, 17:30

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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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 14 Jan 2019, 19:22

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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Re: American Words

Postby pinkeye » 14 Jan 2019, 21:32

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.”

The yanks have it right. But it is aluminium not aluminum :rofl :rofl :rofl


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Re: American Words

Postby pinkeye » 14 Jan 2019, 21:41

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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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Re: American Words

Postby pinkeye » 14 Jan 2019, 21:51

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.. )
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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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Re: American Words

Postby pinkeye » 14 Jan 2019, 21:55

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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Re: American Words

Postby SethBullock » 15 Jan 2019, 02:44

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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Re: American Words

Postby Dax » 15 Jan 2019, 04:51

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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Re: American Words

Postby DonDeeHippy » 15 Jan 2019, 04:56

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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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 15 Jan 2019, 09:06

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


(In Austria they call them "Handys")
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Re: American Words

Postby Texan » 15 Jan 2019, 10:18

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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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 15 Jan 2019, 10:32

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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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 15 Jan 2019, 11:17

It's tyres, America - not tires.

(sorry Texan) :bgrin

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Re: American Words

Postby Texan » 15 Jan 2019, 11:49

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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