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What is the origin of the word ‘soccer’?

What is the origin of the word ‘soccer’?

The word soccer comes from an abbreviation
of Association Football, which is the official name for the game. Association was abbreviated
to assoc, which was shortened again to soc. And then in Rugby school they added the suffix
-er: soccer. The suffix was adopted by Oxford University students and added to other shortened
nouns. Rugger is probably the most common example, beside soccer. The Oxford English
Dictionary also has brekker, for breakfast, bonner, for bonfire, and cupper, which was
a series of intercollegiate matches played in competition for a cup. And is it soccer,
or football? The origins of soccer are decidedly British, and there are plenty of examples
of soccer being used by British people over the years. But in terms of the history of
the language, soccer is something of a Jonny-come-lately. By contrast, the word football has been around
since the 1400s. Nowadays, to blend in with the diehard fans in Britain, it’s better to
stick with football.

9 thoughts on “What is the origin of the word ‘soccer’?”

  1. but in the end… their is no difference really… just accept soccer gents across the sea and see the truth.

  2. I know this guy in the video 'Terry' well & you'd be really surprised, he is a real 'live wire' at parties…

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