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Old 2010-06-12, 11:32   #1
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Default World Cup Soccer

England v USA in 7 hours from now.

There is a silly fashion in UK for mocking the
term "soccer", when these days we usually say "football".
I find this mockery ridiculous/ignorant:
"Soccer" originated ages ago in England as an
abbreviation of "Association Football", and serves to
distinguish it from "Rugby Football".
The need to distinguish it from "American Football"
must be at least as great Stateside.

I suppose "Soccer" and "Rugger" are most freguently
heard in schools and universities. My father (Oxford 1921)
explained the slang current at the time, and referred to
the Queen as "the Quagger".

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