Cambridge University Produce Table Of Three Words Most Used To Describe Each World Cup Team…

Chris Wright

10th, July 2014


By Chris Wright

Our buddies over at the Cambridge University Press (one of, if not the world’s foremost language research authorities) have been busying themselves over the past few days, conducting a study into the words most used to describe each of the 32 nations competing at the 2014 World Cup.

By using the Cambridge English Corpus, a multi-billion word database of written and spoken English language from a huge range of media sources, the crack Cambridge team spent the few weeks analysing and assessing the millions of words used in relation to the World Cup by over 15,000 football-specific online sources in order to produce a chart showing the three most often used words to describe each team.

This be that (Uruguay’s entry is hilarious!!)…


Interesting stuff, but “England: exciting”? Come on, pull the other one guys!

How about “moribund”, “dreary” and “chronically constipated”?

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  1. Jon says:

    Ghana’s entries got a little chuckle out of me.

  2. JoeT says:

    How about “moribund”, “dreary” and “chronically constipated”?


    Been reading this site for a year or 2 and its gone to shite. Unfavoriting it

  3. Linguistically Speaking says:

    Three more for you: FIFA sucks balls.

  4. Alex says:

    I think JoeT was hoping to see Stevie G and Lamps in the middle of the park…

  5. Tellitasitis says:

    Obviously Joe T doesn’t know what those big words mean, else he would have agreed…& what is stfu, did his fingers slip on the keyboard?

  6. Ralph says:

    STFU is internet slang for shut the f**k up. That’s how all the cool kids on the internet talk. JoeT is down with it.

  7. Jarren says:

    Surprised there wasn’t at least a place for Corruption under Cameroon.

    At least the Russian one was spot on.

  8. Wilma says:

    How did ‘efficient’ not appear for Germany? Seems to be every third word in commentary

  9. Hacksaw Jim says:


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