Math (short for mathematics) is referred to as maths in British English and this variant spelling has been used since at least the mid-1800s.

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Mathematics, or math for short, is the study of numbers, quantities, and shapes. In British English, the word is spelled as “maths,” which has been used since at least the mid-1800s. This variant spelling reflects the tendency in British English to use the plural forms of words more frequently than their singular forms. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that the plural form of the word “mathematics” dates back to the 17th century.

According to an article in The Guardian, the use of “maths” instead of “math” can be attributed to the British fondness for adding “-s” to the end of words. The article also notes that “maths” is the only correct spelling in British English, and that using “math” instead is considered incorrect in the UK.

Here are some interesting facts about math(s):

- The word “mathematics” comes from the Greek word “mathema,” which means “what is learned.”
- The number zero was invented in India around 500 CE.
- The ancient Greeks were the first to develop a formal system of mathematics.
- The concept of negative numbers was introduced in the 7th century by Indian mathematicians.
- Some famous mathematicians include Pythagoras, Euclid, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.

Here is a table comparing the spelling of “math” versus “maths” in different English-speaking countries:

Country | Spelling |
---|---|

United States | math |

Canada | math |

United Kingdom | maths |

Australia | maths |

New Zealand | maths |

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The user query is ambiguous, as it could mean when did the word "math" become "maths", or when did the subject of mathematics become plural. Assuming the former, the summary is:Math and maths are both colloquial short forms of mathematics, but math is more common in American English, while maths is more common in British English. Math first appeared in print in 1847, while maths first appeared in 1911. The term mathematics itself has changed its meaning over time, from astrology to the organized science of numbers and shapes.

“Math” as a colloquial short form of “mathematics” first appeared in print quite a while ago, in

1847, although that “math” sported a period (“It rained so that we had a math. lesson indoors.”) and was thus clearly a simple informal abbreviation. “Math” unadorned appeared by the 1870s. “Maths” is a bit newer, first appearing in print in 1911.

In Latin, and in English until around 1700, the term mathematics more commonly meant "astrology" (or sometimes "astronomy") rather than "mathematics"; the meaning gradually changed to its present one from about 1500 to 1800.

Math and maths are equally acceptable abbrevations of mathematics. The only difference is that math is preferred in the U.S. and Canada, and maths is preferred in the U.K., Australia, and most other English-speaking areas of the world.

To North American speakers of English, the word to use is “math”, as in “I majored in math”, and “maths” would sound wrong. Speakers of British English, however, would always say “maths”, as in “I took a degree in maths”. They would never say “math”.

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Simply so, **Why do British say maths instead of math?**

The response is: The UK version is more logical. Math is an abbreviation of mathematics, which is a count noun in British English because there are different types of maths (geometry, algebra, calculus, etc.) and a mass noun that happens to end in an ‘s’ in American English (like gymnastics in both dialects).

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**Do we say math or maths?**

Response will be: *Math is the preferred term in the United States and Canada*. Maths is the preferred term in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and other English-speaking places.

Beside this, **Did math or maths come first?**

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term ‘math’ has been in usage in London and the United States since 1890. The first usage of ‘maths’ first occurred as a colloquialism 21 years later.”

**When did maths change?**

Response will be: New Mathematics or New Math was a dramatic but temporary change in the way mathematics was taught in American grade schools, and to a lesser extent in European countries and elsewhere, *during the 1950s–1970s*. Curriculum topics and teaching practices were changed in the U.S. shortly after the Sputnik crisis.

Accordingly, **When did math really begin?**

Answer: The oldest written texts on mathematics are Egyptian papyruses. Since these are some of the oldest societies on Earth, it makes sense that they would have been the first to discover the basics of mathematics. More advanced mathematics can be traced to ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago.

**Where did mathematics start?** Answer to this: The study of mathematics as a "demonstrative discipline" began in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, who coined the term "mathematics" from the ancient Greek μάθημα ( mathema ), meaning "subject of instruction".

**Why do people say Maths?**

The answer is: “Math” is American while “Maths” is British though both mean the same, i.e. both are short for Mathematics. Both the words have logical arguments supporting them. The Oxford and the Merriam Webster dictionaries define Mathematicsto be plural but also mention that it is used as a singular noun. 20 Related Question Answers Found

In this way, **How long has math existed?**

The oldest mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000 to 1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical concept after basic arithmetic and geometry.