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Why do Americans call it football?
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26 / M / Winter Park, FL
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Posted 4/30/15
the ball itself is always 1 foot long.
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22 / M / Canada eh
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The amount of ignorance in this thread is astounding.

It's called football because MAYBE the ball is a foot long?

inb4 "they should call it handegg because they don't use their feet hurdur"

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I always wondered about it being called football. Soccer does seem to deserve the word more. In rugby, passes are kicked, correct? So remove most kicking, but leave the foot reference in... As an American, I give up. You win. You other countries can call your sport football. I don't care much about sports, but at least your version seems slightly less violent. (Save the riots)
As for grey/gray, I'm pretty sure both are considered acceptable American English spellings. Kinda like ketchup/catsup. Even if the second spelling makes no sense. Seriously, English may be my native tongue, but the number of spelling/pronunciation inconsistencies frequently baffles me.
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Because handball is already a thing, and Rugby is different.
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27 / M / UK
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You will get castrated if you call it soccer here in the UK
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52 / M / In
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Posted 4/30/15
Oh come on you guys came up with Cricket a sport no sane person can possibly comprehend
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Because they can.
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AndersonBLUE wrote:

You will get castrated if you call it soccer here in the UK


so true, if anything "soccer" is more closely related to football than American football is - since they use their hands to play it.
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22 / M / Florida
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This is what I think:

Americans should call it American Football, and call soccer just Football.
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Archmechanite wrote:

So we use what we call a soccer ball to play soccer, a tennis ball to play tennis, and a football ball to play football.

So what do other countries call the ball that we call a soccer ball then?


In other countries, people call it ball.
As simple as that.
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52 / M / In
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All I know is I went to a riot one time and a soccer game broke out
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22 / M / Canada eh
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anikevin wrote:

This is what I think:

Americans should call it American Football, and call soccer just Football.


I call it gridiron football to spare myself from raging europeans.
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anikevin wrote:

This is what I think:

Americans should call it American Football, and call soccer just Football.


That's rather pointless. I can understand saying American Football when you're on the Internet or such, but if you think about how many words are spelled or used differently in different places, you'll soon realize how pointless trying to change the way people speak is. It's always just been 'football' for most of us, and nothing will probably ever change that.

But each region to their own language, am I right? Other countries can question us, but we can question them too, and it all has the same answer; "Because we can; it's our tongue, not yours."
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Hithiro wrote:


anikevin wrote:

This is what I think:

Americans should call it American Football, and call soccer just Football.


That's rather pointless. I can understand saying American Football when you're on the Internet or such, but if you think about how many words are spelled or used differently in different places, you'll soon realize how pointless trying to change the way people speak is. It's always just been 'football' for most of us, and nothing will probably ever change that.

But each region to their own language, am I right? Other countries can question us, but we can question them too, and it all has the same answer; "Because we can; it's our tongue, not yours."


Sogno- 
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keiichimorisato988 wrote:

the ball itself is always 1 foot long.


really?
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