QOTD: Beckham and Shaw


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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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