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.
“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.