Football’s coming home…


I’m not sure if it is but the song itself is interesting from a English Language perspective.

Three Lion’s was originally released in 1996 and had nothing to do with English winning the world cup.

Initially the song referred to the fact that English was hosting the world cup.

It’s interesting that over the years the song has come to mean England winning the World Cup with various versions of the song being covered by bands.

This process is called semantic change: the change in the meaning of words over time.

This is an interesting article about semantic change both in British English and in English spoken in other countries.

It is well worth a read.