Euro 2012 Headline of the Day: Dutch Dehli Ache

During the Euro 2012 tournament the languagecaster team will explain a football headline that has appeared in the English-speaking press. Today’s headline is Dutch Dehli Ache. You can also find many more examples of football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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Euro 2012 Headline of the Day: Dutch Dehli Ache

Today’s headline is from The Sun newspaper and is a play on words, a pun, on the name of the scorer of the Danish winning goal against Holland: midfielder Krohn-Delhi. ‘Dehli ache‘ is a combination of two phrases: belly ache – a stomach pain and ‘Dehli belly’ which is a term used to describe diarrhea. Both of these phrases refer to a feeling of discomfort and that is how the Dutch felt after their surprise defeat – they were very sick indeed. Therefore the headline Dutch Dehli Ache, which also includes an example of alliteration, can be re-written as The Dutch national team are not feeling well due to Krohn-Dehli’s goal.

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