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As Churchill once said, we are two countries divided by a common language.
It became standardized over there to consider 'sport' as the whole arena of sporting stuff, and it became standardized over here to refer to it as plural. Probably just happened randomly. But Brits do have one element of grammar related to this which is different than American English: if a single term implies plurality, they treat it as plural, where we treat it as singular, like this:
US: "Auburn (referring to the team) is going to win"
UK: "Auburn are going to win"
* interestingly, prior to the Civil War, the standard here was to say "The United States are...." whereas after the war (and a greater concept of single nation vice individual states emerged) people said "the United States is..."
Alabama delenda est.
Dude that was funny...
BTW... Anyone interested in a hilarious read about living in the UK, the English language, or a really entertaining read about word histories check out these books:
- Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson's love/hate relationship w the Brits after living there two decades)
- the Mother Tongue (Bryson)
- Etymylogicon (funny stories about how many English words came to be)
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