Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing
Attributed to the professional football coach Vince Lombardi, this proverb stresses the importance of reaching a goal no matter what effort is required. (Compare It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.)
Soccer Terms For When The World Cup Is The Only Thing On TVThe fact that American English speakers call soccer, well, soccer, may set us apart from the rest of the world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have love for the sport played with one’s feet.
Why Do “Flammable” And “Inflammable” Mean The Same Thing?English is a trickster of a language, evidenced by the fact that two words that appear to be antonyms can actually mean the exact same thing. For the most part we manage to bumble along without confusing the two, and can figure out which meaning is intended based on context (although in the case of regardless and irregardless some extra time is needed for teeth-gnashing). …
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