As I was in bed this morning practicing saying the British word for “math” I accidentally licked the blanket. I was rolling over to get more comfortable at the exact moment my tongue was flailing around trying to say “maths.”
1) They say maths instead of math. Why? Probably no reason other than to make an already difficult subject more difficult to pronounce.
I asked the Internet and found that someone had already asked Yahoo! Answers. The woman asked why they add the s because it’s awkward to say. Of the various replies such as, “We invented the language so we get to use it how we please,” or, “I’m not sure,” my favorite was from a man named Geezer:
If you want to lose the “s” on the end,use a rubber haha.Bloody septics
Um, OK? Speaking of septic, that happens to be third on my list today. (kind of)
2) They say sport instead of sports. Yep, they say “sport” even when they are talking about multiple sports. For example, the newspaper section is labeled “sport.” Which one, I ask. Why, all of them!
3) Over here, don’t expect to read the world “skeptical.” No, you will be reading “sceptical.” I can’t get my head around this. Every time I read that word I automatically silence the c, as in “science,” and think of someone going into septic shock, or I imagine a septic tank and all its horrors. It’s really distracting, and then I always have to go back and re-read the septic sentence.
Obviously there are many, many Englishisms, but these are the top three on my brain lately.