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



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.

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. ;-)

"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

I have to admit the joke is cute :-)

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.

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

Sicuramente si parla italiano :-)

does anyone speak HINDI and FIJIAN

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.

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"

Why the picture of the mailage stamp? :p

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

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..


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Whatabout Texican?

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

I used to be pretty good at Franglaise...

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

"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..."


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

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)

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

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).

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