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

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Goodhart

7 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.

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 7 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.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

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 :-)

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GoodhartGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

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. ;-)

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blkhawk

7 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

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SpagoPizza

7 years ago

I have to admit the joke is cute :-)

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FrozenIce

8 years ago

Does any one on Instructables speak arabic? well i do :) and i may be the only one :(

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A-Nony-MusFrozenIce

Reply 7 years ago

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.

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Goodhart

8 years ago

Does this mean you have egg on your chips ? ;-)

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massimod07

8 years ago

Sicuramente si parla italiano :-)

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npillay

8 years ago

does anyone speak HINDI and FIJIAN

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Kitemannpillay

Reply 8 years ago

There must be somebody who speaks Hindi, since India is the site's fifth-largest source of visitors (about 300,000 per day).

I don't know about Fijian (I can't find data on Fijian visitors).

Why not start a fresh topic, call it "Do you speak HIndi or Fijian?", and you will attract their attention more easily.

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RedneckEngineer

8 years ago

I honestly hope this includes "leet", I can decipher it usually, but how bad it brutalizes English in most posts makes it not worth the effort. Almost as bad as "ebonics"

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Jayefuu

8 years ago

Why the picture of the mailage stamp? :p

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KitemanJayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

It's just my latest "Mini" picture (which happened to come up on the first page of a google image search for "British").

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steveastroukKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Sir Alex issigonis, Greek by genetics, Turkish by birth, British by adoption, cousin of the head of BMW and VW.

What an amazing engineer he was..

Steve

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Goodhartsteveastrouk

Reply 8 years ago

I know one of the best BMW mechanics in the USA, and most BMW's are astounding from what I can see.

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Goodhartacidbass

Reply 8 years ago

No, but they WILL drain your wallet once the warranty runs out :-)

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AranoGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

hmmm... BMW... 'Gute deutsche Wertarbeit.' says the patriot in me, hehe ;)

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GoodhartArano

Reply 8 years ago

Funny thing is, the guy I am referring to, lives near me, on the east coast of the USA :-)

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AranoGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

guessed that when you said he is one of the best in the USA ^^

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GoodhartArano

Reply 8 years ago

Yeah, I had forgotten I wrote that :-)
They have actually had him travel over to Germany after winning quite a few awards for his performance. Once to Italy too.

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Doctor FreemanKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

i olny replyed so you'd respond quick yes being from ameirica we 'speak english and car'

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KentsOkay

8 years ago

Whatabout Texican?

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kelseymhKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

It's like Spanglish, except they say "usted y'all".

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Kitemankelseymh

Reply 8 years ago

I used to be pretty good at Franglaise...

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MichelMoermansKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

I used to be fluent in Germlisch (Herr flick) and Franglaise (René). ;) Allo Allo was a great show :D

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lemonieKiteman

Reply 8 years ago


"When you're over there,
 speak like we do back here.
 Don't throw you're arms about like them,
 just bellow in their ear..."

L

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zascecskelseymh

Reply 8 years ago

mhm, it sure is sounds just like that...

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crapflinger

8 years ago

i'm fluent in hillbillie. i tend to count that as a foreign language. i also speak fluent swamp rat, cajun, and acadianian (that might be a word)

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Goodhartcrapflinger

Reply 8 years ago

Ah, you could join forces with Nacho then and write up a translator :-)

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Goodhart

8 years ago

No, if you look in the drop down menu of most places that ask one's "language" one finds several listings for "English", including American (kind of a misnomer, since south America is not really included, and neither is Canada), Canadian, Australian, etc and etc. (and all that rot LOL).

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V-Man737

8 years ago

If I ever use that phrasing, I'm pretty sure I mean "English-like." ;-)