Sunday, July 11, 2010

Soccer or Football?

I'll be watching the World Cup later today, as two basket case European countries battle it out for some kind of useless championship.

Did you know that snobbery about Americans calling the sport "soccer" is just plain dumb? The word has a British origin, and the sport was once referred to there as soccer as often as it was called football.

In fact, in the early days of the sport among the upper echelons of British society, the proper term for the sport was “Soccer”. Not only that, but the sport being referred to as “Soccer” preceded the first recorded instance of it being called by the singular word “Football” by about 18 years. This happening when it became more popular with the middle and lower class. When that happened, the term “Football” gradually began dominating over “Soccer” and the then official name “Association Football”.-The Origin of the Word “Soccer”


  1. I love John Cleese but do not care for either game, give me Hockey anyday.

  2. It's just another pointless diversion, like all sports.

  3. I'm glad you finally agree with Alex Jones on something, Ginx!

  4. I'm sure me and Alex Jones agree on far more than either of us would like to admit. I'm guessing he also supports legalization of all drugs and prostitution? Ending our ties with Israel? Or that the government has no right to do half the stuff it does? Hell, I even flirted with the idea that Bush and/or Cheney planned 9/11... but by the end of their regime, I realized they couldn't have been responsible because the attacks were actually successful.


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