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    soccer meaning

    It was soccer time at the Bigg Boss house


    What `soccer' means here?

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    Re: soccer meaning

    "Soccer" is the proper name for the game that the British call "football."




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    'Soccer' is a term used by Americans for the game 'football' because they don't seem to realise that their silly game (American football) with men in helmets stopping to huddle and chat is, at best, a subset of the world's number one sport.

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    Re: soccer meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    'Soccer' is a term used by Americans for the game 'football' because they don't seem to realise that their silly game (American football) with men in helmets stopping to huddle and chat is, at best, a subset of the world's number one sport.
    True. Nothing says Manly Men more than guys trotting around in little shortie-shorts.


    By the way, did you know that the football huddle originated at Gallaudet University, the college for deaf and hard of hearing students? The players communicated to each other on the field using sign language and hand signals, but the opposing teams were able to see the signals, too, and figure out the plays. So in the late 1800s the Gallaudet players started conferring in a tight circle, so the other team couldn't "see" what they were saying.

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    Re: soccer meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "Soccer" is the proper name for the game that the British call "football."
    The proper term for this game is "association football". However, you will never hear this term being used -- it's "soccer", "football" or perhaps "footer" or even "footie".

    The word "soccer" did not, as Tdol might think, originate in America, but in England. The game of football had divided into two separate games -- rugby football and association football. In the slang of the Úlite privately-run schools for the privileged, many words and nicknames were created by taking a single short syllable and adding "-er" to it. Thus "rugby" was shortened to "rug" and then had "-er" added to make "rugger" (and today, this is still the slang term for rugby among the upper classes in England). "Association", to fit in with this slang, had all of its unstressed syllables removed, leaving "soc"; add "-er" to that and you get "soccer".

    "Soccer", as a word, didn't become very much used in England, but become very common in America.

    Anyway, just so that you know the different types of football:

    association football ("soccer"): several men chase a round ball around a field, but only two of them are allowed to put their hands on it.

    rugby football: several men fight each other over an egg-shaped ball.

    American football: several men put on body armour and have three chances to carry the ball a certain distance without being beaten up by the other team.

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