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Thread #156701   Message #3693952
Posted By: Steve Parkes
14-Mar-15 - 01:11 PM
Thread Name: Anachronisms in lyrics
Subject: RE: Anachronisms in lyrics
The Oxford English Dictionary gives 1889 as the first appearance in print of soccer and rugger:
1889   Boy's Own Paper 6 Apr. 431/3   In Varsity patois Rugby is yclept 'Rugger', while Association has for its synonym 'Socker'.

'Socker' and 'socca' appear before 'soccer' (1895). 'Football' was a game as far back as the 15th century, although it was probably more like football hooliganism than the Beautiful Game we know today.