Why Do Americans Call It Soccer Instead of Football? Blame England

In the World Cup, the U.S. and England aren’t traditionally rivals. But, off the field, a different type of rivalry has reigned for more than a century: what to call the world’s most popular sport.

To Americans, it’s soccer. To most of the rest of the world, (including England, the birthplace of the modern sport,) it’s football. But what most people don’t know is that the word “soccer” is not in fact an American invention. On the contrary, it was an import from England, and one that was commonly used there until relatively recently.

At least, that’s the argument made by Stefan Szymanski, a professor of sports economics at the University of Michigan. In a paper from 2014, Szymanski writes that “soccer” originated in late 19th century England, as a way of differentiating between variants of the game which at that time did not have a commonly agreed-upon set of rules.

In the early 1800s in England, football and rugby existed as different variations of the same game. But in 1863, the Football Association was formed to codify the rules of football so that aristocratic boys from different schools could play against one another. In 1871, the Rugby Football Union followed suit. The two sports officially became known as Rugby Football and Association Football. (Those new rules were slow to spread to America, where another version of the game was evolving — one that the rest of the world now knows as “American football,” and is played in the NFL.)

In England, Szymanski writes, aristocratic boys came up with the shortened terms “rugger” and “soccer” to differentiate between Rugby Football and Association Football. To support this argument, he cites a letter to The New York Times, published in 1905: “It was a fad at Oxford and Cambridge to use “er” at the end of many words, such as foot-er, sport-er, and as Association did not take an “er” easily, it was, and is, sometimes spoken of as Soccer.”

And the term, Szymanski says, was widely recognized in England through the first half of the twentieth century, according to data he crunched from books and newspapers. It became even more prevalent after the World War II — driven, he suggests, by the number of American soldiers in the country and the infatuation with American culture that came after the war.

But by the 1980s, Brits started to turn against the word. “The penetration of the game into American culture,” Szymanski writes, “has led to backlash against the use of the word in Britain, where it was once considered an innocuous alternative to the word ‘football.’”

With England now into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, fans are celebrating their nation’s success in the sport born in their country but long mastered by foreigners. On Twitter, that pride is manifesting itself, partially, in the age-old (since the 1980s at least) tradition of bashing the word soccer.

“It’s football not soccer,” one person tweeted, on the night of England’s successful victory over Sweden which propelled the team to the semi-finals. “The English created the game = football.”

The World Cup draws to a close this weekend, but the argument over the name of the sport it celebrates certainly won’t.

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Don’t Blame Gamers for Falling Labor Force Participation. Here’s Why


Right now, the economy is humming.

The labor market just hit a major milestone when job openings surpassed the number of people looking for work. And the embattled retail sector seems to be on an upswing.

Then why have so many people dropped out of the labor force since the turn of the 21st century?

Like many modern problems, some academics have been quick to blame gamers for the phenomenon — at least when it comes to young men. The thinking goes: Millennial dudes might be more inclined to dab on haters all day in Fortnite than get out of their gaming chair and hunt for work.

But a working paper published this week by Federal Housing Finance Agency economist Gray Kimbrough effectively frags that theory.

It’s not quite a fatality, since the paper will likely be revised before final publication. But Kimbrough used data about men between the ages of 20 and 30 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find that, while some classic tropes about gamers — like most live with their parents — are true, young men haven’t been leaving the workforce to pursue a life of no-scoping n00bs and casuals.

“Moreover, an examination of men who recently left employment suggests that they do not prefer to spend significantly more time gaming than currently employed men, contrary to the hypothesis that preferences for gaming could be enticing men to leave the labor force,” he wrote in the paper.

A far more striking trend is the fact that an aging U.S. population is moving out of the labor market. Also, women appear to be foregoing work due to lack of advancement opportunities, childcare costs and the lack of parental leave.

Of course, with the rise of Twitch and monetized streaming, gamers can more easily make gaming their full-time job.

But for the rest of us, who struggle not to get murked by 12-year-olds on summer break, you can find a real job at The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook.

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40% of Student Loans Could Be in Default by 2023, and Here’s Who’s to Blame

There’s big trouble brewing in the world of student loans, and many people don’t even realize it.

Sure, there’s the $ 1.4 trillion in outstanding college debt that is sure to scare your cap and gown off. But a new report by the Brookings Institution highlights a looming default crisis that could shake the U.S. economy.

Using new data on student borrowers who entered college for the first time in 2003-04, Brookings senior fellow Judith Scott-Clayton concluded that by 2023, the cumulative student loan default rate for that group will top 40%. Yep, the report says nearly half of that faction will have stopped paying back their student loans for at least nine months.

Right now, the student loan default rate for that group is around 25%. The most recent U.S. Department of Education data shows the default rate for those who took out loans in 2014 has ticked up to 11.5%.

Comparing the numbers, you can see we’re in for a major increase in defaults. But why?

For-Profit Colleges Drive the Student Loan Default Rate

Drill into the numbers further, and you’ll see that nearly 70% students who took out loans in 2004 to attend for-profit universities will likely default by 2023.

These types of institutions include the controversial — and now shuttered — ITT Technical Institute, Corinthian College and DeVry University.

Public university student borrowers who started college in 2003-04 are projected to have a 26% default rate in the next five years.

The projected gulf in default rates comes as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos freezes Obama-era regulations on for-profit colleges, such as rules erasing student loan debt of borrowers who were defrauded by such schools.

In the conclusion of the study, Scott-Clayton recommends ramping up regulations on for-profit schools, although she doesn’t discuss specifics.

Default Rate Is at ‘Crisis Levels’ for Black Students

The gap in default rates between students at public and for-profit schools is dramatic, but the difference in default rates among races is even more stark.

“Debt and default among black college students is at crisis levels, and even a bachelor’s degree is no guarantee of security,” Scott-Clayton wrote in the study. “Black (bachelor’s degree) graduates default at five times the rate of white (bachelor’s degree) graduates… and are more likely to default than white dropouts.”

By 2023, the default rate for black borrowers who started college in 2003-04 is projected to hit 73.3%. It’s largely due to labor market that’s less favorable for these graduates, according to a previous Brookings study.

In the previous study, Scott-Clayton recommended a pay-as-you-earn model of student loan debt repayment, in which debt service would be based on your income.

But what should you do if you’re among the millions of students we’ve discussed so far?

What Can I Do if I’m Heading Toward Student Loan Default?

First, if you’re struggling to pay back your student debt, you’re not alone. And you could be on the way to breaking free from that debt, like this guy, with a few simple tips.

Try refinancing with a site like Credible. Jammie Proctor, an engineering graduate, saved more than $ 6,500 on his student loans using that route.

Then, to save some extra cash, try savings apps or start a side hustle.

You may also consider moving back home if that’s an option, like Kelly Russell.

If you’ve already defaulted on your student loan, make sure you get yourself on an income-driven repayment plan. And head to the Federal Student Aid website for other tips on dealing with default.

But until there are some major regulatory changes to the country’s university system, it’s likely the need for such services will continue to grow.

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President Trump backtracks to blame both sides in Charlottesville violence

HARI SREENIVASAN: Yesterday we reported on President Trump’s updated statement criticizing violent neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups for the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville. That was yesterday.

Today, in an impromptu news conference originally about an executive order on infrastructure, Trump defended his statements from over the weekend and went even further.

For more on all this, I’m joined by the NewsHour’s John Yang.

John, at first, it was about infrastructure. There were visual aids. There were flowcharts. And then:

JOHN YANG: It was a remarkable performance, Hari.

Reporters were initially told that the president wouldn’t take questions. It was just going to be a statement. But he’s described as fuming at the press and the coverage of his reaction to Charlottesville, and this afternoon he came out swinging, first on CEOs quitting White House advisory panels.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Take a look at where their product is made. It is made outside of our country. We want products made in the country.

Now, I have to tell you, some of the folks that will leave, they’re leaving out of embarrassment, because they make their products outside. And I have been lecturing them, including the gentleman that you are referring to, about you have to bring it back to this country.

HARI SREENIVASAN: He was referring to the Merck CEO, but there were many other CEOs.

JOHN YANG: There were three CEOs altogether and also the head of another panel, CEOs of Intel, of Under Armour, and then the head of a manufacturing alliance.

And then, just a few moments ago, Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, announced that he’s quitting. He said that Mr. Trump’s today, in his words, repudiate his forced remarks yesterday.

HARI SREENIVASAN: He doubled down. This was kind of the person that almost was forced, as Richard Trumka says. You could see how uncomfortable he was in front of the teleprompter yesterday. But, today, he was incredibly confident. He was sure of himself. And this is what he thinks.

JOHN YANG: Yesterday, we are told that especially Chief of Staff John Kelly pressed for what happened yesterday. They wanted to get this behind them, so they could move on to their agenda in September, but the president brought it right back today, back to square one.

HARI SREENIVASAN: He was also defending — he took sort of several moments and opportunities to defend the alt-right in not so many words, by really pointing out there were other good and decent people there, and even how he perceived the protests on Friday night, where those men were carrying torches.

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JOHN YANG: And he sort of also defended why it took him more than 48 hours to specifically condemn white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long.

I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement, but you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the fact.

And it takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. And it is a very, very important process to me. It is a very important statement. So I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts.

HARI SREENIVASAN: This is not the same person that tweets within minutes. When he’s angry about something, he takes to Twitter very quickly. He makes statements sometimes too quickly.

And here he is sort of saying the opposite, that he’s deliberate, that he waits for facts and information.

JOHN YANG: Critics pointed out, have already been pointing out that this is the same man who went to Twitter to criticize, accused President Obama of wiretapping him in Trump Tower without any evidence, and make a number over claims that — without any evidence.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And even in the remarks about the Merck CEO who left the council, it was an incredibly short amount of time, as soon as he left the council, that he sort of took Merck through the ringer.

JOHN YANG: He went — yesterday, after Kevin Frazier resigned from the council, he took to Twitter and said, great. Now we have more time to secure these ripoff high drug prices, even though, at Merck, Frazier has led the way in sort of being transparent about drug costs.

And he also accused him today of manufacturing drugs overseas.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Which makes you wonder, why did you have him on, on the commission in the first place, right, if you thought these things about him?

And there’s also this equivalency that he’s making throughout this defense of what happened in Charlottesville.

JOHN YANG: He went back to the original statement on Saturday, that this was something — he criticized what he called the alt-left.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me. What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Let me ask you this. What about the fact they came charging — that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do.

I am not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this. You had a group on one side and a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch.

I think there’s blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either.

HARI SREENIVASAN: It’s because, really, what — when you see the statement that was constructed yesterday, and when you see how forthright he is, this is what he believes, and Saturday is what he believed.

JOHN YANG: People — some at the White House have been telling me that, talking about the Saturday statement, that he saw this as an issue of law and order, that he saw unrest, he saw civil unrest and violence.

He didn’t really distinguish which side. He saw this more as an issue of law and order, not ideology.

HARI SREENIVASAN: And, you know, there was also kind of a fallacy of the slippery slope here with George Washington.

JOHN YANG: That’s right.

He was asked about this whole controversy of removing Confederate memorials like the Robert E. Lee statue that sparked Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville.

Mr. Trump, in response, brought up the founding fathers who were slave owners.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me. Are we going to take down — are we going to take down statues to George Washington?

How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him? OK, good. Are we going to take down his statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue?

So, you know what? It’s fine.

HARI SREENIVASAN: There has already been reaction.

JOHN YANG: There has been reaction.

House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted just a little bit ago, saying that — I have lost it on my phone here, but that there can be no moral ambiguity.

He was — also won praise. David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, tweeted: “Thank you, President Trump, for your honesty and courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville and condemn the leftist terrorists in Black Lives Matter and Antifa, anti-fascists.”

HARI SREENIVASAN: So, these are the people that are happy with the president and his remarks today?

JOHN YANG: They — our colleague P.J. Tobia talked to Matthew Heimbach, who is the head of the Traditionalist Worker Party, described him as being ecstatic on the phone when he spoke to him.

He says that what the president called the alt-left: “These were actual anarchists, radical leftists, not your daddy’s Democrats. And they talk about violence and commit violence and terror acts on a daily basis.”

HARI SREENIVASAN: The Traditional Worker Party.

All right, there was also a moment with John McCain and how he sort of referenced him as somebody that was questioning him about a critique by John McCain and kind of threw him under the bus at that moment.

And then there was this — all I can say is this sort of bizarre promo for a winery that Trump owns in Charlottesville.

Anyway, it’s fascinating insight into the president. John Yang, thanks so much.

JOHN YANG: Thank you.

HARI SREENIVASAN: We have only scratched the surface of the president’s press conference. You can watch the whole event on our Web site, pbs.org/newshour.

 

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Blame It on the Champagne

Blame It on the Champagne


Elwood House: Must-Do listMonday Meet up with Kate and Amber to finalise Amber’s weddingdo NOT let Kate talk you into fuchsia or satinwalk away from the satin. Decide on classical music pieces for the bathrooms. Be ready to fend off that very persistent new wine merchant. Stay in for the garden centre delivery of the spiral box trees for the front porch. ‘Snow. I am going to need lots of snow. And tiny white fairy lights sparkling in the trees and over the pergola. Can you do fairy lights?’ Amber’s voice tailed off into a dreamy whisper. ‘It would be so magical and romantic.’ Saskia Elwood rolled her eyes and grinned at her best friend Amber, then clicked in the box next to the garden lighting option on her wedding planner spreadsheet. ‘Of course I can do white fairy lights. As for the snow? That shouldn’t be too difficult for New Year’s Day in London. But, you know me, if you want it to snow on your wedding day, then snow you shall have, even if I have to track down a snow gun machine and make you some. Although Won’t it be a bit cold? From the designs I have seen, that dress Kate is making for you would be perfect for a tropical beach weddingbut London in January? Brr’ Amber giggled and flicked her long straight blonde hair over one shoulder in a move she had perfected in fashion shoots and as years performing as a concert pianist. ‘I know,’ she replied, wrinkling up her nose in delight. ‘It is so perfect. Sam is going to love it.’ Then she sighed out loud and strolled out past Saskia and through the conservatory into the garden with a faraway expression on her face. ‘Just love it.’ ‘She’s off again,’ a cheery voice sounded from behind Saskia’s shoulder as Kate Lovat bounced into the room with a bundle of wedding magazines in her arms. ‘Dreaming of the fabulous Sam. If I wasn’t so smitten with my Heath I would find it a bit sickening. In fact, sometimes I’m surprised you put up with the two of us. Always talking about the lucky men who we have agreed to marry one day.’ ‘Right now,’ Saskia replied with a snort, ‘I am more worried about Amber getting frostbite in that skimpy, mostly backless dress you are planning for a winter wedding. Any chance of a jacket? Thermal vest? The poor girl is going to be blue, which is not a good look for any bride.’ Kate replied by playfully hitting Saskia on the head with a rolled up bridal magazine and sat down next to her at the conservatory table. ‘Blue? With that fabulous suntan? No chance.’ Then she relaxed and rested her elbows on the table. ‘Relax. There is a beautiful full-length quilted ivory coat to go on top of that slinky dress for any outdoor photos. Fear not. The girl shall not freeze. When the dancing starts she will be glad of that layered silk gown, even if the beads will be flying everywhere.’ Kate arched her eyebrows and peered at Saskia’s computer screen, her green eyes bright with amusement. ‘Does that say dinner and reception for twenty-six? I thought this was ju
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