On this week’s main listening report we look back at some of the key football words and phrases from 2011.
There have been many candidates for word of the year 2011: Arab Spring, planking, phone hacking, bunga bunga have all featured in many end-of-year polls. Global financial difficulties saw both the Oxford Dictionary and The Economist choosing squeezed middle as their word of the year, while occupy is tipped to be chosen by the American Dialect Society as their word of 2011. Here at Languagecaster we’ve already looked back at some of the big footballing stories from 2011 in last week’s main reports and though we do not pretend to hold the same influence as some of these media outlets we thought we would come up with a list of some of the words and phrases that have best defined football in 2011 – maybe even Fabio Capello can learn some!
1. Nadeshiko Japan
The Japan Times reported that the buzzword Grand Prix for 2011 was Nadeshiko Japan (撫子ジャパン) in honour of the Japanese female football team’s wonderful performance in the Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2011. A miserable year for Japan was somewhat lightened by the footballing exploits of the women’s World Cup winning side as the Nadeshiko, a sweet-smelling flower as well as the nickname of the Japanese side, won the World Cup for the very first time.