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    On Soccer, Football, Rugby

    Quote Originally Posted by Bridie
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    *chanting* fight, fight, fight, fight....



    (Sorry, I'm a bit bored at the moment and need some entertainment!! )
    Nah. I don't want to run him off or anything. These European soccer playing men couldn't hang with Americans, especially Texans. What I would like, however, is for him to think before he speaks.

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    *chanting* fight, fight, fight, fight....
    Is it time to get out the mud wrestling pit yet???


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    These European soccer playing men couldn't hang with Americans, especially Texans.
    Ah-ha! He's a soccer player!.... oh, that explains your willingness to go soft on him then.... he wouldn't want to break a nail... ...


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    ..... or mess up his pretty hair....


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    Re: What Comes To Mind When You Think About These Posters

    Quote Originally Posted by Bridie
    Ah-ha! He's a soccer player!.... oh, that explains your willingness to go soft on him then.... he wouldn't want to break a nail... ...

    I figure you have never played football, and btw I wonder why americans call a game football where you mostly use your hands, guess Handball was already taken , and I am surpirsed an Aussi uses the crazy term "soccer"
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    I figure you have never played football
    Hahaha... actually I kick ass at soccer... Real men's football is called Aussie Rules... But I kick ass at Aussie Rules too.


    and btw I wonder why americans call a game football where you mostly use your hands, guess Handball was already taken ,
    I thought that was "gridiron"... that's what we call it in Australia anyway.... girl's game. Hehe.... big, sooky blokes who have to wear all manner of protective gear lest they get a bruise or something!!! Ooohhh... oooohhhh... don't hurt me! Real men don't wear protective gear. hahaha


    and I am surpirsed an Aussi uses the crazy term "soccer"
    You're surprised?? We have to talk down about it since we're so unbelievably CRAP at playing it! You know, we have to pretend that its because we don't like it that we're crap at it! Hehe... A bit like the winter Olympics!


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    Re: What Comes To Mind When You Think About These Posters

    Quote Originally Posted by Jäger
    I figure you have never played football, and btw I wonder why americans call a game football where you mostly use your hands, guess Handball was already taken , and I am surpirsed an Aussi uses the crazy term "soccer"
    yes, me too, Why do Aussie's use "Soccer" and "Dollers", Considering their British origins!

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    Re: What Comes To Mind When You Think About These Posters

    Quote Originally Posted by Thruthheim
    yes, me too, Why do Aussie's use "Soccer" and "Dollers", Considering their British origins!
    Americans use both terms and we have just as British origins. But then, so have these terms.

    According to the OED, soccer refers to football played according to asSOCiation rules, just as rugger is football played according to the tradition at Rugby. Its first use listed in the OED is from Ernest Dowson, the Kentish poet. I'm guessing that the word was current throughout the Anglosphere in the 19th century, and that those areas where other forms of football (Rugby or American football) were quite common used soccer to talk about the game played according to association rules.

    Dollar had entered the language by 1553, and it comes from the Bohemian coin Joachimsthaler, which was quite common on the Continent. By 1581, it had also begun to be used for the Spanish peso, also called a piece of eight. That sort of gives one the idea that dollar in the late 16th century meant any coin that wasn't part of the L.s.d. system. It is this dollar (the Spanish piece of eight) that gave its name to the American monetary unit (which is why we call our quarter dollar 'two bits' — it's two eighths of a piece of eight; it's also why we use the symbol $, which has the S of Spanish and the vertical stroke of a P for Peso). Spanish dollars were slightly more commonly used than pounds in the Colonies.

    You must remember that, back then, people used real money and not this Monopoly stuff we use today. A coin had value because it was made of gold or of silver. So coins from any government were as likely to be used as those from any other. Even coins minted by private entities were circulated because of their intrinsic worth. In overseas colonies, the tendency to circulate foreign coin was even greater. It could be that Yanks, Canucks, Aussies, and Kiwis all use dollars because of something real in our history like the Spanish peso, or it could be a holdover from the time when any non L.s.d. coin was a dollar.

    Either way, it's a word all we colonists brought with us from England.

    Incidentally, why you Brits use a decimal currency is beyond me, considering your British origins. Or for that matter, why you say "I suppose," instead of "I guess;" or "I have got it," instead of "I have gotten it."



    EDIT: Notice that Bridie's distinction between soccer and Aussie rules reflects the meaning of the very British word soccer.

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    Re: What Comes To Mind When You Think About These Posters

    Don't know about Aussies but I guess Americans don't like soccer because they think it's not enough for real men. (indeed they call it fagball.)

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    Re: What Comes To Mind When You Think About These Posters

    Quote Originally Posted by dazed&confused
    Don't know about Aussies but I guess Americans don't like soccer because they think it's not enough for real men. (indeed they call it fagball.)
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