Monday, April 7, 2008

Kops and Rooters

From Le Monde:

Le samedi 29 mars, on aurait bien fait de détourner les yeux de la banderole progressiste qui rayait le kop parisien, vers le match qui se déroulait quinze mètres en contrebas.

Anybody but me to whom the word kop was new? It has been in the press frequently lately in the wake of the banderole affair. Here is an explanation. In American English, as far as I know, the word has yet to penetrate.


Anonymous said...

In France, this term is commonly used among soccer supporters. It's more often seen in sports blogs than political blogs for sure...

But it's the first time I learned about the etymology of the word. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know the word at all, but I'm not interested in stadium sports, so it's not too surprising.