Football/(and some other sports)/ and the World Cup and English

With world cup fever sweeping the nation, and several others by according to reports. Let’s look at some language related to Football.

 “Off-Side”: The technical explanation here is complex but basically if something is off-side it gives unfair advantage to someone.  It was a little off side when I learnt that they’d hired my old business partner as my new boss, I thought I was a shoe in for a promotion.

“World-Cup-Widow(er)”: typically a wife who sees so little of their husband during the world cup that they may as well be a widow, sometimes use ironically by those obsessed with the “beautiful game” meaning they’ve seen so little of their partners who are avoiding the coverage.

“To move the goal posts”:  when targets are moved after a project or event has started, again seen as unfair/unreasonable.

“Level the playing field”: to make things fairer or more even

“to call foul on”: to identify unfair conduct or draw attention

“Raise the flag”: to alert people to an event that requires attention

“Blow the whistle on”: To report misconduct, also “whistle blower” as the person who dose this.

“Queer the pitch”: to create unfair conditions.

“hat trick”: a series of three goals in one match, or metaphorically any other impressive set of linked achievements.

“set piece”: such as the penalty shot or a throw in, where the players can take set places, some consider these easier to practice and rehearse.

“throw in”: when the ball is thrown into play from the side of the pitch, potentially advantageous to the team throwing in.

“over the bar”: when a ball goes above the top of the goal, so it’s close but does not score a goal.

“wide of the mark”: when the goal or target is missed to one side or another

“to Suarez”  after last night – to break the hearts of English football fans NB: this is only a proposed addition to the language, not yet adopted.

“Footy” football

“Dribble” to run up the pitch repeatedly kicking the ball lightly so it stays just in front of you

“The Beautiful game” football

“to dive”: To fall to the ground, faking an injury after near contact with an opponent in an effort to get them carded and/or a penalty awarded.

“penalty shot”: when one team is allowed a ‘free’ shot at the other’s goal.

“the back of the net”:  when the ball hits the back of the net it is a clear and unarguable goal. 


The Skies and Dungeons of London Town

Last week the Bridge programme returned to London for a second visit, this time with thier sights set high… and low.
Here’s Laura’s account of the day.
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Our last trip was to London and we went onto the London Eye and the London Dungeons. First we Went up the London Eye, Even though I have seen the Eye many times, it looked very, very big!


When we was on the Eye we could see across the whole of London. The views were spectacular!


After we went round the eye, we walked across the bridge an around Parliament Square, we Saw Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, and some of the figures of famous people in the square; Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.


After that, and a cheeky MacDonald’s Lunch we went to the London Dungeons. We were all really scared as the were lots of rats and disgusting things everywhere. We had such a good day in London!


A trip to Oxford

We’ve been here.

We’ve just been very busy so haven’t got the blogs up and published as fast as we’d have liked. We have a couple coming out over the next few days.

This one is our second guest blog from Laura, who accompanied our Bridge programme students to Oxford the other week.

What did they see in Oxford… it might not be exactly what you think.


We went on a lovely excursion to Oxford. We didn’t spend much time in the city as we visited the Mini Plant Factory. We saw all the minis being made. It was really fun! The machines looked almost human, it was some like Charlie and the Chocolate factory or Huxley’s Brave New World, all blended into one.

The tour lasted two and a half hours. First we saw the machines making the body work of the cars. We was told lots of information, for example the shift patterns of workers and the Plant is open 24 hours Monday to Friday. The machines make the cars for 22 hours and the other two hours in the day are spent completing maintenance repairs. There were lots of sparks flying everywhere!

After the body shop we saw the final stage of the Mini process, we saw workers insert suspension, windows, engines, chairs and steering wheels. The cars travel around the plant on a moving conveyor belt and are sometimes lifted into the air. As all the Minis are slightly different the require different parts, but this is not a problem as the computers know which Mini needs what. The supply line gives the correct parts in the correct order. When the Minis are finally finished they are driven off of the conveyor belt and the driver toots the horn.


Once we finished the tour we was able to look at some of the minis they have on sight. Some of the minis included, one from the Italian job and one designed by Paul Smith.