QOTD: Beckham and Shaw

Beckham adjusts ... linguistically:

After the family the most important thing is the foot... is the soccer."

Old habits die hard for LA Galaxy new boy David Beckham. [BBC SPORT | Fun and Games | Quotes of the Week]

Interestingly, Beckham was mentioned in the report on Cultural Diplomacy I discussed the other day. He will have to adjust to the reality of Shaw's remark that England and America (sic) are countries separated by a common language.

I wonder if it is the case that the dominant 'ball propelled by foot' 'inflated ball driven by foot' game in any country is called 'football'?

Aside: Separated by a common language is the title of a very nice blog on differences between American and British Englishes written by Lynne Murphy.

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Comments: 1

Jul 17, 2007
Hans Roes

I wonder if it is the case that the dominant 'ball propelled by foot' game in any country is called 'football'?


Well, in Holland it's called 'voetbal', and in Germany it's called 'Fussball'. Both direct literal translations.