Robin Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> My point stands. Why is de Bruijn writing in american instead > of in standard English?
Your point? Who cares why?
Is it incorrect for a non-American to use American spellings? Do you intend to enforce this rule? Will you be checking passports?
In fact, the shortening "math" predates the shortening "maths" by 21 (1890 vs. 1911) years according to <http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=m&p=7>. Since the term "mathematics" is usually used as a singular term, I've never understood why British English keeps the "s" (but some Americans say "stats" in place of "statistics", which is similarly odd to my ears).
In any case, good luck with your crusade to keep the world British.
-- "Basically I see myself as a hero in a great drama, and that is part of how I motivate myself through failures and a lot of negativity, like from people like you. So the Hammer is part of my own personal story, my personal myth." -- James S. Harris, a legend in his own mind