Bob Bradley and his American accent has made the rounds among English fans and media since he was appointed manager of Swansea City and became the first American to manage a Premier League team.

To some, even those from BBC’s Match of the Day seem just as horrified to hear anyone say the word “PK” instead of “penalty” and seem to have the reaction as if someone went up to Queen Elizabeth and called her “Lizzie” instead of “Your Majesty.”

But after watching nearly five hours of Bob Bradley press conferences since becoming Swansea manager, The Wall Street Journal showed that Bradley hasn’t brought over the “Americanisms” all that much and has mostly adapted to the British lingo.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This shows a different side of the perception that has been brought upon us for the last couple months. For one thing, Bradley has never said the dreaded word “soccer” that, like the word “MacBeth” to Shakespearean actors, should never be uttered. At least, that’s what it seems for some people even though the word “soccer” comes from England itself.

Anyway, I’m being sidetracked. Bradley’s biggest indictments to the British soccer lingo are saying “game” instead of “match,” saying “field” instead of “pitch,” and pronouncing the word “Premier” differently.

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