When you say  "a language other than English", does that include American?


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Goodhart4 years ago
On the touchy word, soccer, we find an interesting origin, which is not the USA. We only adopted the name ;-)

In 1848, students at Cambridge University met with students from other area schools on the campus of Trinity College, Cambridge, to form a code of rules to govern the sport. Over the course of a day, this group created what would later be considered the first set of modern soccer rules. These rules included throw-ins, goal kicks and the precursor to the off sides' rule and penalizing teams for goal tending. The Cambridge Rules led to the establishment of other groups forming their own sets of rules. The efforts of these various groups led to the formation of the Football Association (FA), which governs the sport and still exists today.

Soccer Appears

    Not long after this time, the word "soccer" first began to appear. Students at Oxford University were in the habit of abbreviating names and adding an "-er" ending to them. Rugby became "ruggers." Association football became "soccer." The new word was attributed to Charles Wreford-Brown, who later went on to become an important official in the FA.
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart4 years ago
Yet the only Brits that use the word "soccer", do so for the benefit of any Americans that might be in the vicinity.

You use your feet, so it's football.

What Americans call "football" is closer to Rugby, but the game was clearly created to be played by the infirm - silly amounts of padding and armour. long rests every few minutes, some players only on the pitch for a moment or two (presumably they tire quickly).

Rugby is known for players continuing to play with mashed faces, broken limbs, even broken necks.
Yeah that's now, but it (soccer) was actually your word to begin with (late 1800's), we borrowed it because we had a sport called football :-)
Hmmm, when you compare the size of "football players:" like refrigerator etc, even the padding wouldn't protect most of the rugby players I've seen. ;-)
blkhawk4 years ago

"There even are places where English completely disappears. In America, they haven't used it for years!"
Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady.

"It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. "
George Bernard Shaw

SpagoPizza4 years ago
I have to admit the joke is cute :-)
FrozenIce5 years ago
Does any one on Instructables speak arabic? well i do :) and i may be the only one :(
I speak a little Arabic and I read and write it. It is hard to learn because in my experience, arabs generally want to practice their english with me.
No; Most likely not.
Goodhart5 years ago
Does this mean you have egg on your chips ? ;-)
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