June 7, 2006
Linguistics: Suck It Up Football Fans
This month in Germany, a series of nations will be playing for the World Cup in soccer.
So, how should the game be called: football or soccer?
Well, the proper name of the game is... soccer, not football. Football is a game that requires touchdowns. Soccer is a game where you kick the ball and try to score goals. The soccer name was originally coined in England from the term “Association Football” and an added suffix –er.
The football name was then picked up by people around the world, except for us, Americans, who continue to call the game by its true name – soccer.
As you may know, today the game is the most popular sport on the planet played in every country... and called by the wrong name.
To read more about the history of the name change, click here.
For some interesting information about the 2006 World Cup, visit the following blogs:
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