Euro 2012 Newspaper Language: Weave Done It – Roo heads winner with new hairdo

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 Weave Done It – Roo heads winner with new hairdo. You can also find many more examples of football phrases here, as well as football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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Euro 2012 Headline of the Day: Weave Done It – Roo heads winner with new hairdo

Today’s headline is from The Sun newspaper and is a play on words connected to hair transplants: Weave Done It – Roo heads winner with new hairdo. Most England football fans know that England striker Wayne Rooney has had a hair transplant due to his premature baldness and this is called ‘a weave‘ which is when artificial hair is added to natural hair. The Sun writer has used the word ‘weave’ to mean we’ve (a homonym) and so the phrase ‘weave done it‘ means that England have made it, they have progressed. The second part of the headline uses Rooney’s nickname (Roo) and the verb ‘to head‘ which in football means to score with a header, as well as the noun ‘hairdo‘ which is an informal way of saying a new hairstyle. In other words this title could be re-written as ‘Wayne Rooney, who has a hair transplant, scored the winning goal with his head to help England qualify’.

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