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On calling the game "soccer" instead of "football" -- ? We have the English to thank, apparently, even though it's those of us in the US who use the term "soccer." On-line etymology sources say that once upon a time, there was Rugby football and Association football. Rugby football folks took the first three letters of Rugby and started calling it "rugger." Association football folks had enough common sense and/or manners to know they'd best take their three letters from a little bit farther along in their word, so they went with calling it "soccer."
They took the "SOC" syllable because it's the stressed one. The only thing I don't get about the British abbreviation is why it didn't end up being pronounced "socier"/"sotier" or something like that, preserving "association's" soft-C or "sh" sound. But, whatever, "soccer" it is now, and it irks me to no end when outsiders try to impose their language rules onto our language's word for my favorite sport.
You mean stop saying soccer, like stop saying gasoline instead of petrol, trunk and hood of the car instead of boot and bonnet, candies instead of sweets, truck instead of lorry, sweater instead of jumper, jumper instead of pinafore dress, ice-pops instead of ice-lollies, wheeled trash can instead of wheelie bin, french fries instead of chips, potato chips instead of crisps, eggplant instead of aubergine, suspenders instead of braces, drugstore instead of chemist, checkers instead of draughts, pacifier instead of dummy, advice columnist instead of agony aunt, undershirt instead of vest, vest instead of waistcoat... stuff like that? I'm afraid, once we folks from the US started dropping all those "U"s and ending words with -er instead of -re, things just sort of went to our heads and got out of control. Sorry. We really have tried to do our best.