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A British Love Affair

Time May 21st, 2012 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

I think the British have a love affair with the letter S. First, I noticed that instead of saying “math” they say “maths.” I guess that kind of makes sense, since we do say “mathematics” and not “mathematic.” Still, it took me quite a while to get used to saying I was a maths major. Then I started noticing that many words that we spell with the “ize” ending, Brits spell with an “ise” ending; like organize/organise, realize/realise, recognize/recognise. According to good-ole Wikipedia, both spellings are acceptable in the UK, but I don’t think the same goes for the States…”ize” is standard. But the one that really bugs me is on the homework sheets most of my professors hand out. At Butler, they usually title them “Homework 3”, “Exercise Set 4”, or something similar. But no…every single one of my lecturers labels homework either “Examples 3” or “Exercises3”. Ugh…yes, you can’t say “Example 3” because that makes it sound like you have one example, and “3 Exercises” makes it sound like there are only 3. But “Examples/Exercises 3” just doesn’t sound right. Just add the extra word “Set” or call it “Homework” and I will have no complaints.

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