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Terminology: Footix

One cockerel’s journey from mascot to insult.

Terminology: Mascot

The unsettling origins of what is, let’s be honest, an unsettling phenomenon.

Terminology: Minnow

Looking at the fishy particulars of the word ‘minnow’, and enjoying the Greatest Cup Comeback in History.

Terminology: Calcio

Violent noblemen in fancy costumes fighting over a cow? That’s right, it’s the birth of Italian football.

Terminology: Hooligan

Exploring the etymology of the hooligan, taking in music hall, the fighting Irish and a spectacular brain-turd from the Thatcher era.

Terminology: Soccer

A contentious word among English football fans, but it turns out we’ve only ourselves to blame…

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