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    football X soccer


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    I have no idea why Americans call it football. We do use 'soccer' in the UK, too, but more for informal games rather than the professional one.

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    The word soccer comes from association football, which was shotened to soccer. American football descended from rugby, which itself (I think) descended from soccer (football). Perhaps it was called football because that was one of the primary ways of scoring was with the feet.

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    Rugby football is the full name, I think. The main problem with American football is that it is utterly incomprehensible and seems to consist of people having what Churchill called board meetings all the time, broken up with bits of activity that makes no sense to the outsider.

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    George Will once said about (American) football that it combines two of the worst parts of American life: committee meetings and violence. (Or did he put it the other way around?)

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    I don't know who George Will is, but I like him.

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