As usual it was a British word first. I do have a discussion about once a week about words I use as an American over the words used around me here in England.
Soccer is shorthand for association. As in Association Football, it was a way to distinguish it from rugby. Originally Britain had Rugby Football shortened to “ruggers” and Association Football was shortened to “soccer.”
It's not an American word at all, it was a British word... “And the Brits used it often—until, that is, it became too much of an Americanism for British English to bear." (Uri Friedman: a senior associate editor at The Atlantic)
I do find it interesting that what makes America different is not what America did, but what other countries did to make it different.
No matter if it’s called soccer or football I am staying up for tonight’s Ghana vs USA and eating a slice of this cake I made in support of the USA team!
It’s a basic vanilla cake with red and blue swirls. It has a vanilla buttercream underneath the fondant. I used blue and red food color paste with a little vodka with a stencil of the USA soccer shield!
They have a tough first set, but I think they will put up a good fight!
Are you watching the World Cup? What team are you supporting?
|me in the 2010 USA World Cup jersey|