#EngKnowledge: Origins of ‘Soccer’ and ‘Football’

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Today’s #EngKnowledge topic is strongly related to football – or as the American people call it: Soccer!

Do you know why British people call it ‘football’ whilst American people call it ‘soccer’?

Stefan Szymanski, a professor at University of Michigan, explained how in his recent paper.

Funnily enough, the word ‘soccer’ was first used in United Kingdom some 200 years ago.

The word ‘soccer’ comes from the official name of the sports itself: Association Football.

The game developed into different versions, including the Rugby Football.

To tell the difference between each game, the Brits uses the term ‘rugger’ to refer to Rugby, and ‘soccer’ to Association Football.

In 1980, soccer became popular in the US with the rise of North American Soccer League.

Gradually, the term ‘soccer’ gained popularity in the US because it helps distinguish the game from American Football.

At the same time, British publications had begun to use ‘soccer’ less and less. They felt it was “too American”.

They decided to go back into calling the game “football”.

Apparently, many British are not too happy with Americans calling their favourite game ‘soccer’!

Check out this video of John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick in Harry Potter films) ranting about football vs soccer: http://bit.ly/VwWuzC

Source: Huffington Post

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on 29 June 2014.

 

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