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    They Even Have the Nerve to Call it "Football"

    soccer globe.2.jpgQuote:  “The game — the simple game, the beautiful game — has become the global game.”   Michael Elliott and Simon Robinson in Time.

    Figure of Speechconduplicatio (con-du-plih-CAT-io), the repeater.

    The global game is soccer, of course, whose World Cup is playing in a dozen German cities.  Writers Elliott and Robinson express their love for the sport — sorry, game — with a conduplicatio (“doubling”), a figure that repeats a word for emotional emphasis, pushed along by adjectives .

    In school we’re taught not to repeat ourselves.  A diligent teacher might edit the sentence to read, “Soccer has become global.”  But the purpose of the sentence is not just to make a global point; it’s to make you love soccer.  The difference, in other words, is purely rhetorical.  The art of rhetoric — the complex art, the beautiful art — is a persuasive art.

    Snappy Answer:  “That explains why Americans don’t watch soccer.”

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    Reader Comments (2)

    well football is right....the American football that we play should be called more like freeball or handball cuz thats where you dont use your foot much !
    January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBowling Trophies
    These are crazy soccer fans and players
    January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErgo Baby Carrier

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