World Cup WordWorld Cup Word of the Day. It’s the third day of the World Cup and today, Languagecaster introduces the verb to stun. Every day we plan to bring you a word or phrase that has been part of the World Cup 2014 story.

World Cup Word of the Day: To Stun

In every World Cup there are some shock results; games where a big team, a favourite, is beaten by a less-fancied team. famously in 1990, Argentina were beaten by Cameroon. To stun means to shock, to surprise, so in this case, we can say that Cameroon stunned Argentina. The result was a surprise and the favourite was beaten. It is also used in the passive, to be stunned. Argentina were stunned by Cameroon. This World Cup, unfancied Costa Rica stunned Uruguay 3-1. To stun.

  • Example: The team from Central America have stunned Uruguay in the opening game of group D.
  • Example: Costa Rica came from behind to stun Uruguay.

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