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I have really had it with "nil"

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by casty33, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. casty33

    casty33 Active Member

    This may be silly on my part but I just had to see if anybody else agreed with me. I've had it with these US newscasters readiing off the latest soccer score and saying Germany won, two-nil. Now, I know what it means, we all know what it means, but when did it become a law that you can't say two-nothing on an English-speaking network? Is this written into the rules of World Cup soccer? Am I being an idiot worrying about this?

    All I want is someone to give the scores and say "so-and-so won, 2-0." Or would he or she then be ousted by the soccer powers that be?
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    ESPN Radio SportsCenter update the other day, guy was giving the baseball scores as Yankees 2, Red Sox nil. Or whatever.

    That was too much for me.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest



    Just kidding, Casty. It's just another case of sportscasters thinking they're clever.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I'd say, "two-zilch, zero, zippo, nada, nothing, nil. Hey, by the way, congratulations to Team A for the incredible amazing awesome offensive explosion of actually scoring two goals in a single game. Call Guinness, or maybe Ripley's."
  5. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    doesn't every game end with a nil?
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Well, I have really had it with this "sport" called "soccer." So I think I'm with you, Casty. :D
  7. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Just try not to watch ESPN and you don't have to worry about it. That's what I do. :)
  8. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    Unfortunately, too many sportscasters try to appear as if they know anything about the game when they say nil. I completely agree that its pretentious and pandering. Over 'ome, they say nil. Here, in North America, we say 'nothing'.
    Should anyone write 'nil' in my section its coming out.
  9. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    There's a whole lot of "nil" in soccer.
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I don't particularly care for "nil," but that is the term so it probably should be used.

    After all, we refer to zero in tennis as "love" and nobody freaks out about that. What's the diff?
    spikechiquet likes this.
  11. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Nil sounds so much better when Adrian Healey or Tommy Smyth say it. Dave O'Brien, not so much.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    They also need to recognize that the British can't speak English, when they refer to a team -- a collective singular unit -- as "they."
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