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Re: Why do people in the UK put a u in the word color?

Ron Johnson wrote:

On Wed, 2006-04-12 at 13:49 +0100, Wackojacko wrote:
No hard feelings Sanchez. Buy yourself a football (a round one!),
and get out into the fresh air.
A "round football"?!! Well colo*u*r me surpri*z*ed.

Soccer man, soccer.

No definitely football.

Why call a sport where the object of the game is to pick the ball up in your hands, run with it and throw it to your colleague so he can do the same *foot*ball. In the UK thats a foul and if you do it deliberately you could get sent off!


there is a rival explanation, which has it that football originally referred to a variety of games in medieval Europe,
   which were played on foot.[1] These games were usually played
   by peasants, as opposed to the horse-riding sports often played
   by aristocrats.

Interesting page. It's wonderful idea, wikipedia, but that's all it is in some cases. I've played, followed and studied football (or soccer, for the US boys) all my life, and that's the first time I've ever seen it described as "foot ball".

A British web site's balanced description of an originally British game:


They're just names at the end of the day. Everyone knows footy is the greatest game in the world.


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