Maths, Math or Mathematics?

I hear different opinions. Is it merely a matter of preference, and what are the reasons behind the different preferences? It seems that “maths” is preferred by British speakers and “math” by American ones. I don’t know about Canadian and other English speakers. Any ideas?

By the way, the title of this blog is “matters mathematical” (a) to avoid both short versions of the word “mathematics” and (b) because “Coffee and Pi” was already taken. Oh, and it’s a quote from this song:

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