Okay, so obviously for English people, football is literally soccer and American football is practically rugby. So I want to know if this annoys English people in general (for the record I'm English myself and curious). A main reason I'm asking this is I find it frustrating when talking to someone of another nationality and confusion arising when they confuse what we consider football with American football.
So, is this annoying?
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The whole thing is weird.
In the beginning, there were two footballs...
It started with Association Football and Rugby Football. The word Soccer comes from shortening Association... so it basically was soccer football and rugby football. American football, and Canadian football... and Australian football for that matter, all evolved out of rugby football. It seems like Britain decided it was too confusing to have two footballs, so rugby dropped the football term and soccer football no longer needed the identifier, so it dropped the association term, and you ended up with football and rugby.
Ever notice how the balls in American, Canadian, and Australian football all look like modified rugby balls? Because that's where they came from. So while they all seemed to get the memo that two footballs was too confusing, they found that their version of modified rugby football was more popular than soccer football, so they swapped which parts got dropped. So they ended up with soccer and football.
What annoys me is that people get annoyed that some call it one thing and some call it another, when both names for it are just as legit. I actually flip flop between calling it soccer and football, based on who I'm talking to. It's as if those people don't even understand the history or meaning of the words they are arguing about.1